There are rumors (most notably in Variety, but it's since appeared at a variety of sources, includingIGN's Film Force) that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are in talks to star in an adaptation of Ayn Rand's magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. The worldwide distribution rights have just been picked up by Lionsgate. The book itself narrates the volatile events that follow an economic collapse in the U.S., and is often seen as Rand's most far-reaching statement of her Objectivist philosophy. Atlas was published in 1957; several previous attempts have been made to bring the book to the big screen. At one time, a miniseries of the 1,100 page book was in the works, but that too was abandoned. Perhaps the power couple's involvement will help the movie get off the ground for good this time.

Personally, I find Rand's self-styled philosophy of virtuous self-centeredness, megalomaniacal rationalizations and raging capitalist freedom rather scary, but then, all these elements plus two good-looking actors might conspire to make an amazing movie. Then again, maybe not -- have you seen the camp potboiler that is The Fountainhead?
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