First, there was a rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to star. Jolie’s involvement was soon confirmed. Then Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace was tapped to pen a script. Just over a year after this all came to be, Jolie noted that progress had stalled. But hope was not lost — Vadim Perelman signed on to rewrite the script and direct it. Then it looked like production was right around the corner. Nope. Perelman shrugged off the project last year, and things have been quiet since.
But now Angelina Jolie‘s name isn’t heading the news. Charlize Theron‘s is. The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Biz Blog reports that Lionsgate has been meeting with the actress and continuing the adaptation’s development. She was eager to play Dagny Taggart … if the project didn’t “lose many of the nuances of the monster-sized novel.” Obviously, there is absolutely no way to create a feature film without strict editing so, yes, this means a television miniseries — one that would air on Epix, a pay-cable channel being formed by Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount.
They’re not throwing out the idea of a condensed big-screen version, but the studio seems most interested in luring Ayn Rand‘s fans to pay for the channel. However, you might note the past tense to my Theron references. Her people have stated that she’s not moving forward with the project. Once again — development hell.
Finally, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, Hollywood has been trying — in one way or another — to get this made since 1972. We’re closing in on 40 flipping years. One would think that’d be enough to convince the studios to stop trying. But no, they’re the little engine that could when it comes to Rand.