'Atlas Shrugged,' so did audiences: Follow-up films likely canned

atlas-shrugged.jpgThe universally-panned, self-financed attempt to adapt Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" into a film franchise is not going over so well.

Scoring a 28 on Metacritic and a measly 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Atlas: Part 1" did manage to bring in $1.7 million opening  weekend -- before dropping 47% in its second week, despite a wider release.

All of this has prompted producer and businessman John Aglialoro, who invested $20 million and 18 years on the project, to reevaluate his plans.

"Critics, you won," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "I'm having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2."

Originally intended as a three-part film, it now seems unlikely that more than the first third of Rand's book well ever get a cinematic treatment.

"Why should I put up all of that money if the critics are coming in like lemmings?" Aglialoro continues. "I'll make my money back and I'll make a profit, but do I wanna go and do two? Maybe I just wanna see my grandkids and go on strike."

We know there's an inside joke somewhere in that last quote, but we've never actually read the book.
Photo/Video credit: Strike Productions
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