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Zack Snyder is developing an adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

03.18.2016

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Zack Snyder's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will finally hit theaters next week, and he'll be behind the camera for both of the planned THE JUSTICE LEAGUE flicks, but he's not limiting himself to just making comic book movies though.

Earlier this month, we learned that Snyder wants to do a 300-style George Washington pic, and he recently revealed to THR that he is also developing a feature film adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, telling the site that "I have been working on The Fountainhead. I've always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something. Warner Bros. owns [Ayn Rand’s] script and I’ve just been working on that a little bit."

Book synopsis from Amazon:

When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

Rand's novel was previously adapted into the 1949 King Vidor film of the same name that starred Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Raymond Massey, however the movie received mostly negative reviews upon its release, and it failed to make back its production budget of $2.5 million. And although Rand wrote the screenplay and her reaction to the big screen take on her book was initially positive, the author later criticized several aspects of the film.

We'll have to wait and see if Snyder is developing the project as a potential directing gig or producing vehicle, but are you interested in seeing what he could do with a movie version of Rand's novel?

Source: THR

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7:09PM on 03/18/2016

Would you kindly . . .

give this film to someone else?
give this film to someone else?
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3:00PM on 03/18/2016
Fuck Ayn Rand. I'll pass.
Fuck Ayn Rand. I'll pass.
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1:45PM on 03/18/2016
Finally a well-funded film that will present a different point of view from the left-wing films Hollywood churns out on a regular basis. I'm not a big fan of Snyder, but this is very welcome news and hopefully a sign of things to come.
Finally a well-funded film that will present a different point of view from the left-wing films Hollywood churns out on a regular basis. I'm not a big fan of Snyder, but this is very welcome news and hopefully a sign of things to come.
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2:24PM on 03/18/2016
It's sort of interesting, Rand has been praised by a number of liberal Hollywood actors such as Angelina Jolie, despite them not exactly espousing libertarian values. Also as much as she is a hero to the right Rand is also sort of her own things. One things for sure if Snyder really wants to do this he certainly has the clout. Whatever others may think of Rand they're not about to fire him from Justice League.
It's sort of interesting, Rand has been praised by a number of liberal Hollywood actors such as Angelina Jolie, despite them not exactly espousing libertarian values. Also as much as she is a hero to the right Rand is also sort of her own things. One things for sure if Snyder really wants to do this he certainly has the clout. Whatever others may think of Rand they're not about to fire him from Justice League.
4:11PM on 03/18/2016
I agree. I'm not on board with Rand on everything, but this is a step in the right direction. Very interesting that my comment is getting downvoted. I'm not saying Hollywood should make conservative films exclusively or even that all left-leaning films are bad. I just want more equal representation. I thought liberals were supposed to be in favor of that?
I agree. I'm not on board with Rand on everything, but this is a step in the right direction. Very interesting that my comment is getting downvoted. I'm not saying Hollywood should make conservative films exclusively or even that all left-leaning films are bad. I just want more equal representation. I thought liberals were supposed to be in favor of that?
4:14PM on 03/18/2016
And about Snyder having the clout, I agree. Michael Cimino wanted to make The Fountainhead with Clint Eastwood starring back when he was coming off of the success of The Deer Hunter. Then he made Heaven's Gate and his career was over.
And about Snyder having the clout, I agree. Michael Cimino wanted to make The Fountainhead with Clint Eastwood starring back when he was coming off of the success of The Deer Hunter. Then he made Heaven's Gate and his career was over.
12:43PM on 03/18/2016

No Shit!

I quite literally just finished the book yesterday, after about a month or so read. One of the thing I kept asking as I read and researched the book was when someone would finally get around to giving us another version.

Frankly it's long overdue and I'm sort of surprised none of the other numerous fans haven't made a go at it before now. But of course I'm sort of surprised that Atlas Shrugged never got a real Hollywood adaption. I don't count the three-parter that was made. (Side bar
I quite literally just finished the book yesterday, after about a month or so read. One of the thing I kept asking as I read and researched the book was when someone would finally get around to giving us another version.

Frankly it's long overdue and I'm sort of surprised none of the other numerous fans haven't made a go at it before now. But of course I'm sort of surprised that Atlas Shrugged never got a real Hollywood adaption. I don't count the three-parter that was made. (Side bar did anybody see any of those? I do sort of wonder how they turned out).

Lastly I've always liked Snyder and for a long time thought he was a great choice to helm the DC cinematic universe, but between this and the George Washington film he might very well be one of the most interesting directors out there period.
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12:32PM on 03/19/2016
I saw the first of that Atlas Shrugged trilogy. I actually thought it was pretty well done for what it was. Once the sequels started recasting the parts and the budget kept shrinking, I kind of gave up on finishing it. I probably should give it a run through.
I saw the first of that Atlas Shrugged trilogy. I actually thought it was pretty well done for what it was. Once the sequels started recasting the parts and the budget kept shrinking, I kind of gave up on finishing it. I probably should give it a run through.
11:03AM on 03/18/2016
I'm not surprised one bit to find out Zack Snyder would be into Ayn Rand.
I'm not surprised one bit to find out Zack Snyder would be into Ayn Rand.
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11:33AM on 03/18/2016
He also directed Watchmen which is on the complete opposite side of the philosophical spectrum.
He also directed Watchmen which is on the complete opposite side of the philosophical spectrum.
12:45PM on 03/18/2016
How so? I'm seriously asking.

To me the biggest difference is that Rand presents her philosophy as the ultimate end all be all, were as Moore sort of wanted to say that adhering to any philosophy as an absolute was meaningless.
How so? I'm seriously asking.

To me the biggest difference is that Rand presents her philosophy as the ultimate end all be all, were as Moore sort of wanted to say that adhering to any philosophy as an absolute was meaningless.
1:11PM on 03/18/2016
True I guess I was mainly focusing on Rorschach, who Alan Moore has said he wrote as a direct contrast to Ayn Rand's philosophy.
True I guess I was mainly focusing on Rorschach, who Alan Moore has said he wrote as a direct contrast to Ayn Rand's philosophy.
2:36PM on 03/18/2016
I forgot about that. Rorschach is based on the Question and Mr. A who were both sort of pro-Randian figures (Steve Ditko was a big fan of her's). But I would argue that Moore really doesn't come down on anyone's side in that book. Incidentally isn't it interesting that a number of viewers identify with Rorschach regardless (particularly interestingly Ted Cruz named him as one of his favorite superheroes).
I forgot about that. Rorschach is based on the Question and Mr. A who were both sort of pro-Randian figures (Steve Ditko was a big fan of her's). But I would argue that Moore really doesn't come down on anyone's side in that book. Incidentally isn't it interesting that a number of viewers identify with Rorschach regardless (particularly interestingly Ted Cruz named him as one of his favorite superheroes).
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