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Jolie and Pitt Grab an Atlas

Published April 27, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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Not only has Lionsgate Films picked up the reigns on the repeatedly-delayed Atlas Shrugged but they have also found a couple possibilities to star.

Pitt and Jolie in Atlas Shrugged?

According to Variety, Lionsgate has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Atlas Shrugged. The project, based on the novel by Ayn Rand, has been circulating Hollywood for some time now after multiple false starts.

Not only has Lionsgate acquired the project but they also have a couple names in mind to star. Both fans of Ayn Rand's novel, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the top hopefuls to star in the film.

The book, published in 1957, revolves around the economic collapse of the U.S. sometime in the future and espouses her individualistic philosophy of objectivism. The violent, apocalyptic ending has always posed a challenge but could prove especially so in the post-9/11 climate.

Atlas Shrugged runs north of 1,100 pages, a length that offers a considerable challenge when adapting the story to film. Because of this length, there are many who have considered turning Atlas Shrugged into a miniseries or a two-part movie.

Lionsgate Films, who like to keep their films under a $25M budget, are looking to spend north of $30M for Atlas Shrugged.

Stay tuned for updates.

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