"The Strike"

Posted by sdesapio 7 years, 5 months ago to Entertainment
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1. Atlas Shrugged took 12 years to write.

2. The working title of Atlas Shrugged was, "The Strike." It was actually Frank O'Conner, Ayn Rand's husband, who recommended "Atlas Shrugged" after the book was finished.

3. We're making another movie.

WHAT!? :)

Working on the Atlas Shrugged films presented us with some of the most challenging moments of our lives. It was rewarding too of course, but Challenging - with a capital C. Why? Those of us on the crew with any knowledge of the material were vastly outnumbered by those with none... by 1 to 100. I could count us on one hand. And at times, one finger.

The result? The movies do not adequately convey the message of Atlas. Period.

And, THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF MAKING THE MOVIES - to accurately convey and propagate the message.

But, what if we had another shot? What if we could do it all over again from the beginning? What if we could put together the ideal team of artisans whose sole purpose it was to finally bring Atlas to life as it was meant to be?

I spoke at length yesterday with John Aglialoro, one of the Producers of the films and sole owner of the movie rights to the book.

If you're at FreedomFest today in Vegas, John's going to be on a panel. You may want to attend.

We're making another movie.

Scott DeSapio
Associate Producer, Atlas Shrugged 3

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  • Posted by conscious1978 7 years, 5 months ago
    The news of making of another movie carries a note of hope; but it's hard to be optimistic given all the input from this forum on the last three.

    However, it would be an amazing experience to see that story told in a cohesive, first class
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  • Posted by $ winterwind 7 years, 4 months ago
    [running, probably with a straight razor]
    oh, boy. yes, please. ok, yeah, right, OK. squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .

    where's the employment office?

    I refuse to enter the debate on miniseries v. movie; on which actor, which role; on "how to..."
    I find such debates annoying, certainly pointless after the fact, and generally a waste of time. Most of it is opinion being presented as truth.

    The observation that not enough people knew anything about the material they were using is brilliant. Achieving that will make whatever is done have that vital look of having been produced and driven by a single mind.

    Again, where is that employment office? See you there.
    edited for emphasis
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  • Posted by Herb7734 7 years, 4 months ago
    It just has to be a series. But to make it as you describe it will require a really excellent writer with a deep understanding of the content. While the book has the room to exploit ideas, getting them into the film and still entertaining, is a daunting task. Good luck! Our whole family is excited and looking forward to the best.
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  • Posted by term2 7 years, 4 months ago
    AS1 was good. AS2 and AS3 were not up to the standard of moviemaking today.

    Venezuela today could easily be the story of atlas shrugged, but in today's world. There is a lot of shrugging going on for sure, and a lot of dislocations in the economy caused by the supreme IDIOT Maduro and his cronies.

    People today need to submit socialism to the practical test of whether it works. Socialism's polities seems to get a "get out of jail card" all the time, instead of being trashed for the failures they result in. That needs to stop. Obamacare needs to be trashed because it doesnt work. Free college ideas need to be trashed because they dont work. Government student loans need to be trashed because they only brought people into debt and artificially inflated the costs of college TSA needs to be trashed because its just stupid. A TV series could do that, and needs to be done.
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  • Posted by mia767ca 7 years, 4 months ago
    here is the challenge...for each point you want to make from the book...you have to go into the background and reason for each idea presented AND make it entertaining...
    Now that is a challenge...insightful and entertaining...but it is the only way to grab the audience's mind and help them to understand the importance of ideas...fulfilled by the hero(ine) and the villan...
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  • Posted by mminnick 7 years, 4 months ago
    This may sound crazy but I suggest a double feature. The Fountainhead and Atla Shrugged.
    The original Fountainhead was good, but missed on several key points. Remake it true to the book and then remake AS, truer to the book's spirit and drive. Fountainhead to set the stage and Atlas shrugged to make the play.
    What say you in the Gulch? Is it a good idea?
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 7 years, 4 months ago
    Scott, Had known you'd be there I may have stayed longer in at FreedomFest. We, my wife and I, left at 2PM (or so) on Wednesday. Bah, hindsight.
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  • Posted by evlwhtguy 7 years, 4 months ago
    Would work better as a TV mini-series. Here is another idea. license it in Korea. They hate communism they love everything American and they make tons of very good Television serial shows of between 16 and 50 episodes. Their story lines are very engaging and I guarantee they would get the job done on time and in a reasonable budget. You couldn't do distribution in the US as most people wont sit for Korean faces and subtitles, but you would make some money from it, you wouldn't damage the brand and I guarantee you would get some interesting perspectives when the Koreans re-wrote the story line. This may help you with the US production.
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  • Posted by joy8995 7 years, 4 months ago
    Dominic Cooper (The Preacher AMC) is my pick for Francisco! If you haven't seen him in The Devil's Double, he plays dual roles and both are Oscar worthy! (oh and he's YUMMY ladies!)
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 7 years, 4 months ago
    That's great! BTW, I liked how the movies conveyed the book. The movie can never be expected to be as good as the book. I would welcome more though. They could even make one movie focusing on the love story aspect, another focusing on the philosophical aspects, and another that's a action thriller. They wouldn't be the book, but they could be good.

    What I really want is a TV series that focuses on average people you don't see in the book. They would be living their lives, but having to work around gov't plans to allocate resources along political lines. Average people who are kids playing, young people in love, adults, elderly, all finding ways to help each other in mutual trades while the gov't is on their cases with the master plan. Ideally, you'd see selflessness juxtaposed with seflishness (the good kind) in way that doesn't hit you over the head too hard with the message. You could have a story arc where they hear about the power failure in NYC, not realizing that history would view it as a watershed turning point where people reject central planning.

    I'm happy for any new popularizations of AS.
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  • Posted by ta61885 7 years, 2 months ago
    First of all, Thank You!
    Now to business,. Here is how I would approach it.
    The philosophy would be narrated in addition to the visual application. Like Dune was narrated to explain thoughts during the movie. I would show the real life degradation of current neighborhoods that used to thrive. Expose the truth that our nations brightest people in science aren't even American but visitors with temporary visas. Play real hard on the whiny entitled feeling that so many people do not even realize they have and run it to it's conclusion repeatedly. Then show it again in a different industry. Then show it again and again that shows people for what they are. Instead of not wanting to be the "bad guy" in the movie, make it so they don't want to be seen as the "moocher". I would love to go on and on but I have more work to do. $$$ TA
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  • Posted by patricking 7 years, 2 months ago
    Whatever you do, raise enough money to hire one cast just for the sake of continuity. Going from part 1 to part 2 was like an acid trip. Wouldn't telling such a big story be easier on the cast and crew AND on the viewers as a miniseries? A miniseries would certainly take the message further.
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  • Posted by msmith55 7 years, 4 months ago
    sI think the book requires too much time for a single movie, we should think in terms of a Series, made for television, but with a complete rewrite to make it match what is happening now, to bring it into the present.
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  • Posted by jwm2 7 years, 4 months ago
    It needs to be done better this time. A mini series would be better but you're really going to need a great screenplay writer who knows the material and keeps the dialogue tight.
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