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    Cameras role [sic] on Atlas Production ends 30-year trek to bring pic to screen By Dave McNary Jun. 14, 2010 The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn
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      Cameras role [sic] on 'Atlas'

      Production ends 30-year trek to bring pic to screen

      By Dave McNary

      Jun. 14, 2010

      The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
      has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John
      Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.

      Cameras began rolling over the weekend on a five-week shoot for "Atlas
      Shrugged Part One" with Paul Johansson directing from Brian Patrick
      O'Toole's script. Aglialoro would have lost the feature rights if the
      film wasn't in production by Saturday.

      A spokesman for Aglialoro -- the CEO of exercise equipment producer
      Cybex -- said there will be at least one more "Atlas Shrugged" shot
      after the current film's completed. Rand's massive novel is divided into
      three parts, each consisting of 10 chapters.

      "Atlas," published in 1957, takes place in a dystopian version of the
      U.S. in which society has collapsed as the government gains increasing
      controlover industry. The decline occurs while the most productive
      citizens, led by John Galt, begin vanishing.

      Johansson ("One Tree Hill") portrays Galt. The lead role of railroad
      executive Dagny Taggart has gone to Taylor Schilling ("Mercy) and the
      part of Henry Reardon is being played by Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty").

      Michael Lerner ("A Serious Man") portrays lobbyist Wesley Mouch and
      director Nick Cassavetes has signed on for the Richard McNamara role.
      Other key cast include Matthew Marsdan as James Taggart and Graham
      Beckel as Ellis Wyatt.

      "Atlas" also stars Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn,
      Patrick Fischer, Neill Barry, Christina Pickles and Nikki Klecha.

      There have been unsuccessful attempts to bring "Atlas Shrugged" to the
      bigscreen and TV dating back to the 1970s.

      In 2007, Angelina Jolie was to star in a Lionsgate version, with Vadim
      Perelman directing and rewriting "Atlas Shrugged" from a script penned
      by Randall Wallace. Husband-and-wife team Howard and Karen Baldwin and
      Media Talent Group's Geyer Kosinski were set to produce.

      http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020578.html?categoryid=4026&cs=1
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