A text that has become a famous inspiration to libertarians and Conservatives, while becoming a despised work of sheer evil to those on the left of the political divide, is to get a television series adaption – Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
Conservative media company The Daily Wire has optioned the exclusive screen rights, with Daily Wire co-CEO Jeremy Boreing announcing the deal in a live-streamed event.
The series will be available through the company’s Dailywire+ streaming platform.
The novel is famous. It tells the story of a dystopian United States in which private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations. Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and her lover, steel magnate Hank Rearden, struggle against “looters” who want to exploit their productivity. Dagny and Hank discover that a mysterious figure called John Galt is persuading other business leaders to abandon their companies and disappear as a strike of productive individuals against the looters.
While it contains elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance, it is held as an examination of objectivism, including reason, property rights, individualism, and capitalism, while attacking what Rand saw as the failures of governmental coercion. It famously contains a 50-page speech from Galt, regarded as a veiled voicing of Rand’s own philosophy.
Many critics point to the book promoting selfishness as moral fortitude, as well as being completely negative in its view of government. Ayn Rand is held up as a hate figure by many on the left.
Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie have been attached to previously failed adaptations of Atlas Shrugged, but a low budget trilogy was produced by Businessman John Aglialoro back around 2010.
Aglialoro, Jeremy Boreing, Ben Shapiro, Caleb Robinson, Dallas Sonnier, Harmon Kaslow and Amanda Presmyk will produce.