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Aglialoro Set to Release ‘Atlas Shrugged'

Ayn Rand devotees are eagerly awaiting the latest Herculean effort of Cybex CEO John Aglialoro. No, not a new piece of exercise equipment, but a movie based on Rand's most popular novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

Back in 1992, Aglialoro optioned the film rights to the novel. However, he was only able to get the movie into production this past summer after deciding to produce the movie himself. Two days before he would have lost film rights to the novel if he hadn't gotten the movie into production, filming started. Six weeks later, the movie wrapped and went into post production. It's set to be released in the spring. It covers part one of the book. Parts two and three will be filmed as two separate movies.

At one time, Angelina Jolie was rumored to be in the running to play Dagny Taggart, the lead. However, that role ultimately went to Taylor Schilling, who played nurse Veronica Callahan on the TV show “Mercy.” None of the actors in the movie are well known. TV actor Paul Johansson stars as John Galt, and he was named as the director just a few days before filming started.

Some blog writers have questioned the quality of the production. However, Aglialoro says in a video on the Atlas Society website that the film does justice to the novel and Rand's philosophy.

“There will be a bulls-eye on showing people that they are entitled to their own lives and those lives cannot be yielded to any other force, certainly not government,” Aglialoro says in the video clip. Aglialoro is a trustee of the Atlas Society, which promotes objectivism, a philosophy founded by Rand.

I wonder how Aglialoro found time to produce this movie and run Cybex. The movie's release definitely will help get his mind off the recent $66 million jury verdict against Cybex related to equipment made by the company 27 years ago.

I'm one of the more than 400,000 people who bought “Atlas Shrugged” this year. but I haven't delved into the novel yet. It looks like I will have to read at least those first 127 pages before spring. I hate seeing a movie when I haven't read the book first.

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