The abysmal “Atlas Shrugged” Part I, which netted less than $5 million in Box office in 2011, is being followed by “Atlast Shrugged Part II” expected out in October with a whole new cast because the first cast might have been too embarrassed to reprise their roles.
Here’s the plat summary for Atlas Shrugged Part II
“This time, says producer Harmon Kaslow, the $15 million production will get a proper, albeit undisclosed, marketing budget.
Kaslow said he has allocated 10 times more money to marketing Part 2 than he did for Part 1, and he plans on opening the film on more than 300 screens.
Helping his cause is that he has purposely timed the release to take advantage of the hype that will surround the November presidential election.
“Some of the major scenes in Part 2 are themes of the campaign – especially the economy and energy policy,” he said. “The book addressed these scenarios 50 years ago, and now they are even more relevant today.”
Part 2 will run two hours and stars Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart, taking over for Taylor Schilling, who played her in the first film. Jason Beghe is Henry Rearden, Esai Morales plays Francisco d’ Anconia, D.B. Sweeney is John Galt, and Kim Rhodes, best known as the mom on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, is Lillian Rearden.
Part 2 begins with the world’s economy on the brink of collapse. Unemployment in the U.S. is 24 percent, gas is $42 a gallon and the most productive people in the country have begun a “strike” to protest high taxes, government regulation and lawmakers who demonize success.
Remember kids, this is the novel that Congressman Paul Ryan and our our Congressman John Campbell pass out as required reading for their congressional staff. Repeat after me. It’s fiction, it’s fiction, it’s fiction.
But I can’t wait to read Steven Greenhut’s breathless review of the movie.