Pop Friday: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Release Date Just Before General ElectionJune 8th, 2012
Despite the poor reviews of Part I, Either-Or-Productions announced in January that they would push forward with the full trilogy of their film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 capitalist saga, Atlas Shrugged. Part of their decision may have been that the reviews didn’t square with objective reality. The first film actually did way above industry expectations on its opening weekend earning $1.7 million in about 300 theaters. The reason is probably the ideological skirmish surrounding Ayn Rand’s original 1,100 page book. Lovers of Rand turned out in droves to see the film, while those writing movie reviews likely have a progressive bias and wouldn’t have given it a fair assessment no matter what. Indeed scoffing at the political prejudices of Hollywood paves a difficult road for any independent filmmaker.
We’ll have to watch for this when the Silver Circle movie is released in August.
So of course, a politically charged film needs a politically charged release date. Part I was originally planned for release on Ayn Rand’s Birthday, January 2nd, but was moved to Tax Day, April 15th, high taxation being one of the major themes in the film. Now the producers have announced the release date for Atlas Shrugged: Part II.
A spokesman from the production company said, “Part 2 is set to be in theaters October 2012 amidst what is sure to be a fever-pitched presidential election season.”
The novel, and now the film, takes place in a near future dystopian US where the economy is ground to a halt by the overburden of government regulations alleged to address economic inequality. In protest, many of the nation’s leading industrialists “Go Galt” meaning they disappear or strike. Meanwhile Dagny Taggart of Taggart Transcontinental (Look at that… another liberty heroine) discovers the potential answer to the nation’s energy crisis.
With all the striking parallels with modern America (Keep in mind this was written in the 50s by a Russian immigrant) the politically charged film will hopefully have an impact on voters in the November 6th General Election just a few weeks later.
As liberty minded filmmakers ourselves, Silver Circle was privileged to see a sneak preview of Atlas Shrugged: Part I. We’ll let you know if we can swing a similar peak at Part II. But as more filmmakers in the liberty movement transition from making documentaries aimed at education to making romance, action and drama films aimed at evolving the culture don’t be surprised if we don’t catch Hollywood completely off guard in the very near future.
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