Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Nabs a Director
Ayn Rand's famous novel "Atlas Shrugged" has been yearning for a feature film adaptation since it was first published in 1957. An adaptation has been in the works for a few years, including the writing of a 127-page script by Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Pearl Harbor). Finally Lionsgate has decided to bring on director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog, In Bloom) and move the film into production.
Although the script from Wallace isn't final, Perelman himself is going back in and working on the draft. The two (Wallace and Perelman) will put in time together the tweak it into what will hopefully be a masterpiece. Angelina Jolie has already been cast in the lead role and is just waiting for production to begin. No production date is set yet, but it's likely to begin in early 2008. The book revolves around what happens when great industrialists and thinkers go on strike and the world grinds to a halt.
I haven't seen Perelman's first film House of Sand and Fog, but I've heard nothing but great things all around. I can only assume that if this comes together great then it may be Perelman's big break.