Atlas Shrugged: The movie


What I find fascinating is the weeny little budget, as does Dave Weigel.

The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.

Five million? That's it? Let's put this into perspective. Former Half-Gov CheckMeOut McWannabe's attempt at cable stardom would cost about $1 million per episode. Simon Cowell was offered approximately $100 million to stick it out for another year on American Idol.

So who's starring in this low-budget effort? Paul Johansson ("One Tree Hill") was cast as John Galt, Dagny Taggart will be played by Taylor Schilling ("Mercy) and the part of Henry Reardon went to Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty").

I find that amusing. Especially the "Ugly Betty" reference.

Michael Lerner ("A Serious Man") was given the role of lobbyist Wesley Mouch, Nick Cassavetes plays Richard McNamara.

And Glenn Beck as The Beaver.

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  • Luci

    Actually "The Beaver" real name was Theodore. Seems like the nickname should have been Teddy.

  • ...and it will show up on FOX as a political advertisement masquerading as a premiere film feature

  • I learned a new word "dystopian" or "dystopia," the opposite of "utopia," by clicking the link. Somehow an Ayn Randian world does not strike me as "utopia." BTW, I kinda thought Beaver Cleaver was a pretty cool kid with a very unfortunate name.