Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Atlas Shrugged scoring in Michigan
The movie Atlas Shrugged (Paul Johansson) is fast becoming a huge breakout hit. For the producers of the classic good-versus-evil (capitalism-versus-the state) 1957 Ayn Rand novel, grassroots' demand has seen the movie go from a few dozen theatres nationwide for its April 15 release to almost 300. The movie’s website lets people participate in calling for the film to be screened in their communities. “Not near you yet? DEMAND Atlas to your town.” A month ago there were no screenings initially set for Michigan. Now the movie will open in 10 communities and 11 theatres. In the Detroit area Atlas Shrugged will be shown in Birmingham, Brighton, Novi, Livonia and Sterling Hts. The official website is www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/ where theatres are also listed. This film has been 40 years in the making, a story that perhaps could be made into a flic itself. Deals that could have seen Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and Russell Crowe act in it fell through. Taylor Schilling plays Dagny Taggart, Grant Bowler as Henry ‘Hank’ Rearden. From all reports – and from the little known production and acting cast - the movie is a knockout: suspenseful and tags highly to the almost 1400-page epic book. And, this, by the way, is only part one of three.