“Atlas Shrugged” the anti-big government novel by Ayn Rand that has become a beloved text for the Tea Party, is
returning to the multiplex in a new remake headed to the big screen after years of failed projects to develop it into a movie. The film is slated for an April 15 release. The number of screens it will appear on is still in play, but it did screen on March 23 at D.C.’s conservative Heritage Foundation.
And no less a supporter than Dick Armey — former House majority leader and now head of FreedomWorks, a Tea Party organization — has made it his business to put the movie in as many theaters as possible. So far he’s lined up 63 theaters out of the hoped-for 300.
“In a lot of ways this project reflects the ethos of the tea party,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe tells the National Journal. “You had both Republicans and Democrats who felt rejected by the establishment, and the same process is going to happen with ‘Atlas Shrugged’: We’re going to build a constituency of people who believe in limited government and individual liberty.”
Okay, but it’s a movie, so what does it have to offer besides cinematography reminiscent of the “Left Behind” series (the evangelical post-Rapture series of films starring Kirk Cameron)?
Well, the most recognizable actor in it appears to be Patrick Fischler, who had memorable small roles in both “Lost” and “Mad Men” (he was the comic who kissed Betty). The lead actors are Taylor Schilling, whose only credit worth noting is a stint on “Mercy” as Nurce Veronica Flanagan Callahan, and Paul Johansson, who you may (or may not) remember from “One Tree Hill” or “Highlander: The Raven.”
Get ready, here it comes: