Another 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-11-04 09:09

Will so-called Objectivists rally round this time or sit and sneer in cultish pomowanker group-think? The latter, I suspect.


Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” rightfully sits upon many a libertarian’s bookshelf as a testament to the influence of Rand’s fiction on the liberty movement.

With its sweeping and philosophical defense of personal and economic liberty, “Atlas Shrugged” crystallizes Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism by offering a dystopian view of the future whereby “the producers” or “the men of the mind” have gone on strike, leaving a world that does not respect or wish to know the moral value of these independent, rational, and productive human beings to fend for its own survival.

Though “Atlas Shrugged” has long been a popular success with the general public as a novel, there has also long been controversy surrounding any screen adaptation of the work. In the 1970’s, producer of “The Godfather” Albert S. Ruddy almost inked a deal with Rand for the rights to shoot the novel, but the deal fell through because Rand insisted on approving any final script.

But now after 40 years, Mr. Ruddy has finally landed the rights to adapt “Atlas Shrugged” for the home screen.

The New York Times reports:

Ms. Rand, who had left the Soviet Union in the 1920s and feared the Russians might acquire Paramount Pictures to subvert the project, wanted script approval; Mr. Ruddy, as adamant as she was, declined. “Then I’ll put in my will, the one person who can’t get it is you,” Mr. Ruddy recalls being told by Ms. Rand, who died in 1982.

Eventually, the rights were acquired by John Aglialoro, an investor and devotee of Ms. Rand’s philosophy, which celebrates capitalism and rational self-interest. Mr. Aglialoro became a producer of three independent films based on the nearly 1,200-page novel, beginning with “Atlas Shrugged: Part I,” released in 2011.

At the box office, however, the pictures made barely a blip. “You shot the book, not the movie,” Mr. Ruddy remembers telling Mr. Aglialoro, in explaining why he should let Mr. Ruddy try again.

In the last few months, Mr. Ruddy said, Mr. Aglialoro agreed, clearing the way for what Mr. Ruddy now expects to become a six- or eight-hour television version of the novel — ideally, for a world-ranging Netflix-type streaming service.

Mr. Ruddy has telegraphed the idea that he wants to make “Atlas Shrugged” once again a story about the future–that means possibly updating some of the technological achievements of the story’s protagonists. Or, in other words, changing the story.

Luckily, Ayn Rand is not spinning in her grave, for as she said of death, “But we aren’t corpses in graves. We are not there. Don’t you understand when this life is finished, you’re not there. What I’ve always thought was a sentence from some Greek philosopher…’I will not die. It’s the world that will end’ and it’s absolutely true.”

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Los Angeles, CA - November 12, 2015 - (

Atlas Shrugged Movie Merchandise announced today that Proud Producers will be its new exclusive reseller of official Atlas Shrugged merchandise.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Atlas Shrugged to offer our customers official Atlas products. Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged have been incredibly influential in my life, and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Chris Landon, CEO of

Proud Producers sells customizable products including t-shirts, hats, stickers, drinkware, and more, that feature Atlas Shrugged characters, quotes, and other capitalist themes.

“When we were looking for an official reseller, Proud Producers was an obvious choice. They have a long history of supporting capitalism and Atlas Shrugged. We’re very proud to now call them our partner, and we look forward to working with them when the Atlas Shrugged television series debuts,” said Scott DeSapio, CIO of Atlas Shrugged Movie Merchandise.

Currently in development, the television series will be an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, “Atlas Shrugged”, which centers on a dystopian society where nearly all of the most productive have mysteriously disappeared while the government continues to drive the economy to collapse by regulating and imposing its brutality on the country’s few remaining entrepreneurs.

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About Atlas Shrugged Movie Merchandise

Atlas Shrugged Movie Merchandise was formed by John Aglialoro to distribute products based on the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand’s epic novel, Atlas Shrugged. For more information, visit​​

About Proud Producers

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Tore's picture

Was in talk with Rand about producing an Atlas movie in the seventies. I think he was interviewed in 100 Voices. Rand liked him and he liked her. He's been wanting to do Atlas ever since. So this is a passion project for him.

His wiki:

He produced The Godfather, and a bunch of crap (minus the cannonball run, which has dean martin and sammy davis jr fooling around dead drunk a lot - fun stuff). Hmm...

Bidinotto writes something interesting:

Mayhaps Ruddy will get the fundings and make this before he dies (he is 85). I think not.

I heard this the other day

mvardoulis's picture

And its absolutely awesome news! The producer of the Godfather series. Enough said, for me.

Wonderful News!

Luke Setzer's picture

I was afraid the poor performance of the theatrical trilogy would sterilize any subsequent attempt at translating the novel to any screen large or small.

So this is heartening news.

Thank you for sharing it.

I still think it would make an awesome Latin American telenovela!

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