Who is John Galt?

Ayn Rand’s thousand-page door stopper Atlas Shrugged,  written in 1957, was made into a movie and released in the US on April 15.

Let’s hope it make it here soon.

A 1991 Library of Congress survey ranked the book “history’s second most influential book, behind the Bible.”

The movie, one of a planned trilogy was made possible by financing from a fan of the author, John Aglialoro, who is the CEO of a fitness company and a former US poker champion. It was a 20-year-old dream come true for Aglialoro. Earlier plans to make the movie did not materialize for various reasons; even a deal to have Angelina Jolie play Dagny Taggart fell through. The movie was eventually produced independently.

Lovers of Rand’s philosophical system called Objectivism will love the movie, I’m sure. The trailer has notched more than 1.2 million views on YouTube.

After her death in 1982, the book continues to sell about a hundred thousand copies a year, but sales figure spiked to five times that in 2009, a reflection of the times we live in and how people are concerned about the kind of dystopia sketched in her novel.

With election fever in the air, the movie’s release in Singapore would be most timely.

It’s failure to be screened here would be timely too.

Aglialoro hopes to release the rest of the trilogy in 2012 and 2013.

Thank you, kind sir, and good luck. I’m looking forward to the movies.

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