The movie version of Atlas Shrugged (Part One) completed a five week shoot in July and is now in post-production. Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow began filming just days before the rights to the story would have reverted to the Estate of Ayn Rand. The producers changed directors just before filming began as well. And the project appears to have a modest budget by studio film standards (as low as $5M according to one source, considerably north of that according to another). Skepticism abounded about the production potentially leaving “audiences shrugging” without a big-name cast to draw in a crowd.
As preliminary, behind-the-scenes shots begin to emerge, however, we can better judge how well the producers have visually captured the characters and settings of Atlas Shrugged. In this post, ÆtherCzar provides a sneak preview of the movie, courtesy of the many behind-the-scenes photos posted at the movie’s Facebook Fan Page. ÆtherCzar gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce some of these photos here (see the Facebook Fan Page for higher resolution shots). In addition, screenwriter Brian O’Toole was kind enough to answer questions about the production and addressed candidly some of the concerns raised elsewhere. Let’s start with the concerns.