Atlas Shrugged Part 2

Atlas Shrugged Part 2

For anyone who saw the first installment of Atlas Shrugged, the faces of the sequel may not look familiar. The production has done a complete replacement job on everyone. New director (John Putch), new stars (Samantha Mathis as Dagney Taggart and Jason Beghe as Henry Rearden) and a new look that tries a bit harder to ape the big budget thriller style. The first trailer shows off the new cast, and there are some really interesting choices. Beyond Beghe (who was pretty must constantly doing the tuck on Californication), there’s Patrick Fabian who you’ll recognize as Zack Morris’ college professor and as the fake preacher of Last Exorcism; Larisa Oleynik from Alex Mack is involved; and D.B. Sweeney (toe pick!) is playing the mysterious John Galt. Fair warning: if you haven’t read the Ayn Rand novel, this trailer will most likely be double plus confusing. The general atmosphere of shady government deals and a magic machine that could change the game are involved, but especially since it’s a sequel, it’s a trailer aimed squarely at people who will get the details already. Check it out for yourself:

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Normally the blue birds that deliver the mail sing a song as they fly along, but today they seemed grim and despondent. Perhaps it’s because they had to drop the lump of coal that is the press release announcing a greenlit Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 into the old inbox. Or perhaps they’ve just been sick. Either way, a follow-up to the completely inept filmmaking of the first film will be standing awkwardly in front of cameras soon. Not only that, it will ambitiously seek to have the movie ready for theaters by October of this year at the zero hour of, what the release calls, “a fever pitched presidential election season.” It even comes with its own poster and a spooky teaser trailer where pundits can’t agree on how pronounce Ayn Rand‘s name:

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Early yesterday, the LA Times blog released quotes from Atlas Shrugged Part 1 writer/producer John Aglialoro which indicated that he was throwing in the towel on making Part 2 and Part 3. The reason, of course, was that the film just didn’t make its money back. Aglialoro spent a reported $10m of his own cash on the production, and a second week drop off hurt the independent flick considerably. The movie has currently only made $3.2m at the box office. It started with an impressive per screen average, but as with other films which zero in on an audience, everyone who wanted to see the movie saw it opening weekend. The numbers dropped, and an expansion was scrapped. Aglialoro very specifically blames critics and what he believes is a collective “fear of Ayn Rand” amongst them for the movie’s failings. So much for personal responsibility. However, it’s his ire and hatred of the critical response that has caused an about-face. Aglialoro now claims that, while he was once defeated, he now stands ready to proceed with making Atlas Shrugged Part 2 and Part 3. Like all misunderstood artists, he should.

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