February 11, 2011 - The long awaited and oft delayed film version of Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged may soon become a reality. A trailer for the film Atlas Shrugged (Part One), was scheduled to be shown at the CPAC conference, has just been released and can be seen at left. The movie, directed by Paul Johansson, has a current time frame, with a screenplay by John Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O’Toole based on the Rand novel. It stars Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart, Grant Bowler as Hank Rearden, Jsu Garcia as Francisco D’Anconia, Matthew Marsden as James Taggart, and director Paul Johansson as John Galt.
Brian Patrick O’Toole, who is credited with the screenplay along with John Aglialoro, produced the cult classic Dog Soldiers, according to IMDB.com. The movie’s website, Atlas Shrugged Part 1 , says that the actual budget is closer to $25 million, and therefore the film is not a low budget effort as many feared. They also vow that Hollywood will not be allowed to ruin it.
Projected release date is March, but“no later than Tax Day, April 15, 2011.”