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Maybe an Atlas Shrugged TV Series Coming

I caught this from a post by Marsha Enright on Facebook.

John Aglialoro informally announces Atlas Shrugged Miniseries for 2015
Hiphop Libertarians Blog
Jan. 1, 2015

From the blog article:

John Aglialoro has made an informal announcement that he plans to produce a miniseries based on Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, which was previously adapted into a series of theatrically released films from 2011 to 2014, coproduced by Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow. The message posted on the Atlas Shrugged fansite Galt's Gulch read:

"3 seasons, 13 episodes per season - that would be 39 episodes to tell the story. To tell it the way it's supposed to be told - explicitly." - John Aglialoro, Producer

Today, he said that. This morning actually. Nothing official yet, but yes, John laid out a plan for a mini-series and set it as a real goal for 2015-2016. How's that for a Happy New Year!?

2015... HERE. WE. COME.

Happy New Year!


Here's what I commented on Marsha's post:

Wow! This is great news. And may there be spin-offs...

At the very worst, all this is opening the gate so people can do something with Rand's fiction in other media. I'm not too worried about bad quality right now. That will take care of itself. I'm worried about getting going.

There are bound to be creative geniuses out there who will blow everyone away with how they do Rand, but haven't been able to do anything because of overly-zealous gatekeepers and, maybe, overly-expensive production costs. Things are getting a lot easier for these people and I, for one, want to see what they can do.

I say bring it all on...


I know some will think this is terrible news, and that's OK.

I still say bring it on...

Michael

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I dunno.

I actually think they will do a good job.

John Aglialoro is an intelligent man who learns. Doing these three AS films just to keep the rights must have been one hell of a training.

He has shown one thing. He didn't have to finish the trilogy. It was not economically sound to do so, but he finished. So he's a finisher.

I admire that.

Michael

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I got the same message in the weekly Atlas Shrugged Movie email newsletter. I agree, Mike, Aglialoro and his team have created a marketable product. A television miniseries has potential. I was wrong to think that this was only for fans. I expected that the movies would only draw those who already knew Rand's works. My time on the Galt's Gulch website showed that perhaps most of the people who attended the films actually knew little or nothing about Rand and Objectivism. Many never read the book. (Some still have not.) So, we would have these discussions about "Why did Eddie… Why didn't Rearden…." on actions and scenes that were in the book, but not the movies. Just saying: putting AS on tv can't hurt. It does need to make money, of course; and television is an advertising medium.

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So what will they do after the first three seasons?

Here's an idea:

Atlas Shrugged, Season 4

Subtitle: The New Adventures of John Galt

Episode 1: The League of Rational Gentlemen

Crime fighters John, Francisco and Ragnar share a swinging bachelor mansion high on a cliff overlooking Gotham City--I mean Metropolis.

Vacuuming, filing and suicide missions are handled by devoted houseboy/sidekick/comic relief/racial minority token Eddie Willers.

To lower stress, the gents pass around bed-hopping blonde bunny Dagny Taggart, who is given to such outbursts as "Awww, Johnny, how come ya never take me along to the Gulch?" In future installments she will prove herself adroit at falling into the hands of evil altruists, collectivists and other ne'er-do-wells.

Each week a new episode begins with a speakerphone call from Midas Mulligan. (While his face is never revealed, we frequently see his hand with three gold rings stoking a white Persian cat.)

"Well, Angels, have I got a caper for you. Dr. Victor Freeze has escaped from the penal wing of the State Science Institute and . . . "

"Don't worry, Midas," said Galt brushing back a lock of coppery hair from his brow and laughing carelessly, rapturously, flawlessly. "We'll get him to chill out."

"Ja!" said Ragnar, sipping his morning kopi luwak from a pygmy's skull. "Ve vill put him baack und ice!"

"It won't be that easy, gentlemen," crackled the speakerphone. "Apparently Freeze was sprung by Poison Ivy."

"But how is thees possible?" said Francisco, smiling handsomely, cruelly, implacably as a vein pumped visibly in his right temple. "Ivy, she has been banished to the Phantom Zone, no?"

"'Fraid not, Frisco," purred the disembodied voice. "Ivy hijacked a Galt Energy Extractor and rewired it to zap her back into this dimension."

"Hey, Boss," said Eddie suddenly bursting into the room, "You ain't gonna believe this, but guess who's parked out front!"

(To be continued after a word from Bam, soap scum remover)

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This is potentially awesome. The Left wing MSM will undoubtedly want to cry and whine about this, too, which just means more Rand in the news.

If they really wanted to fight Rand's ideas, they would be wise to take a page out of Toohey's book, and not breathe a single word about them.

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So what will they do after the first three seasons?

Here's an idea:

Atlas Shrugged, Season 4

Subtitle: The New Adventures of John Galt

Episode 1: The League of Rational Gentlemen

Crime fighters John, Francisco and Ragnar share a swinging bachelor mansion high on a cliff overlooking Gotham City--I mean Metropolis.

Vacuuming, filing and suicide missions are handled by devoted houseboy/sidekick/comic relief/racial minority token Eddie Willers.

To lower stress, the gents pass around bed-hopping blonde bunny Dagny Taggart, who is given to such outbursts as "Awww, Johnny, how come ya never take me along to the Gulch?" In future installments she will prove herself adroit at falling into the hands of evil altruists, collectivists and other ne'er-do-wells.

Each week a new episode begins with a speakerphone call from Midas Mulligan. (While his face is never revealed, we frequently see his hand with three gold rings stoking a white Persian cat.)

"Well, Angels, have I got a caper for you. Dr. Victor Freeze has escaped from the penal wing of the State Science Institute and . . . "

"Don't worry, Midas," said Galt brushing back a lock of coppery hair from his brow and laughing carelessly, rapturously, flawlessly. "We'll get him to chill out."

"Ja!" said Ragnar, sipping his morning kopi luwak from a pygmy's skull. "Ve vill put him baack und ice!"

"It won't be that easy, gentlemen," crackled the speakerphone. "Apparently Freeze was sprung by Poison Ivy."

"But how is thees possible?" said Francisco, smiling handsomely, cruelly, implacably as a vein pumped visibly in his right temple. "Ivy, she has been banished to the Phantom Zone, no?"

"'Fraid not, Frisco," purred the disembodied voice. "Ivy hijacked a Galt Energy Extractor and rewired it to zap her back into this dimension."

"Hey, Boss," said Eddie suddenly bursting into the room, "You ain't gonna believe this, but guess who's parked out front!"

(To be continued after a word from Bam, soap scum remover)

That's humorously clever, Frank. :laugh:

I'd fantasy cast Arnold Schwatznegger as Ragnar, and Antonio Banderas as D'Anconia . But ultimately I'm holding out for the cartoon series. :wink:

Greg

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  • 2 months later...

At the start of the year, _Atlas Shrugged_ Producer John Aglialoro hinted at the potential for an _Atlas Shrugged_ mini-series ( http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/posts/1e...). Last week, John made a trip to Hollywood and met with... some very interested MAJOR players.

How does a full blown television series sound!?

Yep. It's really happening. We can't say too much just yet, but suffice it to say, John's meetings in Hollywood were VERY productive and the groups we're talking to are incredibly enthusiastic and ready to move mountains to make it happen. We should hopefully have something official to announce within the next few weeks so stay tuned.

As the project progresses, we're going to be reaching out to you for your opinion from time to time.

This would be one of those times.

Keep in mind, certain people who are not active in the Gulch, but very interested in your opinion, will be reading your comments on this post.

Got it? Good. Here we go...

Should the Atlas Shrugged television series be a period piece set in the 1950s or should it take place, as Ayn Rand alluded to, "the day after tomorrow?"

P.S. Because it worked so well for us with the trilogy, of course we have every intention of changing the entire cast every episode. No. No, we won't.

If at first you don't "succeed"...

Let us pray that they learned some important lessons from the trilogy...

A...

Madmen was set in the 50's

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Maybe an Atlas Shrugged TV Series Coming

I caught this from a post by Marsha Enright on Facebook.

John Aglialoro informally announces Atlas Shrugged Miniseries for 2015

Hiphop Libertarians Blog

Jan. 1, 2015

From the blog article:

John Aglialoro has made an informal announcement that he plans to produce a miniseries based on Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, which was previously adapted into a series of theatrically released films from 2011 to 2014, coproduced by Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow. The message posted on the Atlas Shrugged fansite Galt's Gulch read:

"3 seasons, 13 episodes per season - that would be 39 episodes to tell the story. To tell it the way it's supposed to be told - explicitly." - John Aglialoro, Producer

Today, he said that. This morning actually. Nothing official yet, but yes, John laid out a plan for a mini-series and set it as a real goal for 2015-2016. How's that for a Happy New Year!?

2015... HERE. WE. COME.

Happy New Year!

Here's what I commented on Marsha's post:

Wow! This is great news. And may there be spin-offs...

At the very worst, all this is opening the gate so people can do something with Rand's fiction in other media. I'm not too worried about bad quality right now. That will take care of itself. I'm worried about getting going.

There are bound to be creative geniuses out there who will blow everyone away with how they do Rand, but haven't been able to do anything because of overly-zealous gatekeepers and, maybe, overly-expensive production costs. Things are getting a lot easier for these people and I, for one, want to see what they can do.

I say bring it all on...

I know some will think this is terrible news, and that's OK.

I still say bring it on...

Michael

If it is anything like the movie trilogy, it will bark like a dog....

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Maybe an Atlas Shrugged TV Series Coming

I caught this from a post by Marsha Enright on Facebook.

John Aglialoro informally announces Atlas Shrugged Miniseries for 2015

Hiphop Libertarians Blog

Jan. 1, 2015

From the blog article:

John Aglialoro has made an informal announcement that he plans to produce a miniseries based on Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, which was previously adapted into a series of theatrically released films from 2011 to 2014, coproduced by Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow. The message posted on the Atlas Shrugged fansite Galt's Gulch read:

"3 seasons, 13 episodes per season - that would be 39 episodes to tell the story. To tell it the way it's supposed to be told - explicitly." - John Aglialoro, Producer

Today, he said that. This morning actually. Nothing official yet, but yes, John laid out a plan for a mini-series and set it as a real goal for 2015-2016. How's that for a Happy New Year!?

2015... HERE. WE. COME.

Happy New Year!

Here's what I commented on Marsha's post:

Wow! This is great news. And may there be spin-offs...

At the very worst, all this is opening the gate so people can do something with Rand's fiction in other media. I'm not too worried about bad quality right now. That will take care of itself. I'm worried about getting going.

There are bound to be creative geniuses out there who will blow everyone away with how they do Rand, but haven't been able to do anything because of overly-zealous gatekeepers and, maybe, overly-expensive production costs. Things are getting a lot easier for these people and I, for one, want to see what they can do.

I say bring it all on...

I know some will think this is terrible news, and that's OK.

I still say bring it on...

Michael

If it is anything like the movie trilogy, it will bark like a dog....

And a Chihuahua at that.

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From the Galt's Gulch Online forum of yesterday, March 21 (by this guy):

IT'S HAPPENING: Atlas Shrugged Television Series

The post:

At the start of the year, _Atlas Shrugged_ Producer John Aglialoro hinted at the potential for an _Atlas Shrugged_ mini-series ( http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/posts/1ebb5ee3/a-new-years-message-from-producer-john-aglialoro-and-the-atlas-shrugged-team ). Last week, John made a trip to Hollywood and met with... some very interested MAJOR players.

How does a full blown television series sound!?

Yep. It's really happening. We can't say too much just yet, but suffice it to say, John's meetings in Hollywood were VERY productive and the groups we're talking to are incredibly enthusiastic and ready to move mountains to make it happen. We should hopefully have something official to announce within the next few weeks so stay tuned.

As the project progresses, we're going to be reaching out to you for your opinion from time to time.

This would be one of those times.

Keep in mind, certain people who are not active in the Gulch, but very interested in your opinion, will be reading your comments on this post.

Got it? Good. Here we go...

Should the Atlas Shrugged television series be a period piece set in the 1950s or should it take place, as Ayn Rand alluded to, "the day after tomorrow?"

P.S. Because it worked so well for us with the trilogy, of course we have every intention of changing the entire cast every episode. No. No, we won't.


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He going to muck up everything, but it's Peikoff's muck up of Rand's muck up over 40 years ago. A major production by major players by a major writer--not good enough for her. However, her concerns were understandable. She had all that psychic investment in her novel and the years of work to create it. Give her a pass. It seems all Peikoff had to do was extend the option not understanding--is this true?--it could have been done by A. with high school students with video cameras before it expired. Something really good--great--will eventually be done after copyright expiration, unlikely sooner, by some genius, I think by the next century. In the meantime there's Anthem--anyone?

--Brant

the basic problem with AS as a movie, not the novel, is after the first third it's all downhill--the structure needs to be re-arranged so it's still AS but it doesn't end with tracing of a dollar sign in the air but a re-running of the first run of the John Galt Line, sort of like the ending of North by Northwest--but that recapping needs to be done in many other ways with a kind of Quentin Tarantino back and forth and a de-emphasis on talking heads in favor of visuals and for that last the cinematic genius of an Oliver Stone as reflected in his Natural Born Killers (obviously neither of these gentlemen should actually make the movie)

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Ba'al wrote:

If it is anything like the movie trilogy, it will bark like a dog....

And Vegas responded:

And a Chihuahua at that.

end quotes

I recently saw part three of AS, the movie, and I was recently listening to classical music and unfortunately the movie reminded me more of a Hallmark movie and not the 18th variation of a Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The third part was just too jam packed with ideas like my run on sentences.

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Maybe if they change the name then it would be more accepted by the critics (of course it would also have to be good!) But its definitely good to hear 39 episodes

They can change name and then use the world of Atlas Shrugged as a template. Have the main characters of course but don't exclusively focus on them. Let the downfall of the nation be felt in sub characters, show how their lives are affected by the new laws, then start showing how the main characters (up to maybe the last season they aren't so much main) are coming together to combat the problem. Don't even take the audience to Galt's gulch, just have one character explain the place to others inter-cut with memories of time spent there.

They can use the philosophy to show how real people in the world, not the idealized masses of the novel, react. The government officials (some of them) can be shown to actually think they are doing what is best. As an audience we should feel some sympathy for them as well, working to bale water, unknowingly causing the flood they fight to prevent. Going home distressed and being soothed by spouses.

I would love to see where Dagny and the others only occupy 40% of screen time, or less. Galt- 10% a real mystery man.

Then the true lessons can be learned because the audience wouldn't be so caught up with critiquing the unrealistic/idealistic nature of the characters displayed in the book

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Maybe if they change the name then it would be more accepted by the critics (of course it would also have to be good!) But its definitely good to hear 39 episodes

They can change name and then use the world of Atlas Shrugged as a template. Have the main characters of course but don't exclusively focus on them. Let the downfall of the nation be felt in sub characters, show how their lives are affected by the new laws, then start showing how the main characters (up to maybe the last season they aren't so much main) are coming together to combat the problem. Don't even take the audience to Galt's gulch, just have one character explain the place to others inter-cut with memories of time spent there.

They can use the philosophy to show how real people in the world, not the idealized masses of the novel, react. The government officials (some of them) can be shown to actually think they are doing what is best. As an audience we should feel some sympathy for them as well, working to bale water, unknowingly causing the flood they fight to prevent. Going home distressed and being soothed by spouses.

I would love to see where Dagny and the others only occupy 40% of screen time, or less. Galt- 10% a real mystery man.

Then the true lessons can be learned because the audience wouldn't be so caught up with critiquing the unrealistic/idealistic nature of the characters displayed in the book

I like most of your adaptations.

More, hopefully later.

Happy Easter...hmm decisions decisions...which came first?

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Before we close a chapter I want to say that Atlas Shrugged Part Three's character Dagny Taggart was portrayed and graced by the beautiful and wonderful actress Laura Regan. I would watch it again just to see her.

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