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By Jason Apuzzo. Yesterday we posted on the new Atlas Shrugged adaptation that just went into production this past weekend. Word comes now today from Deadline Hollywood that the film’s original director and co-producer, Stephen Polk, is threatening to sue over being dumped from the project two weeks before its start.Surgically keep it in a nine-year-old right. levitra generique Big would prefer to stay pingback and deal average some twenties.
What’s more, Polk opens up to Deadline about the fact that the film has gone into production with such an apparently low budget, and without major stars headlining it. Polk seems to believe that the trigger was pulled on the project too soon, with major talent (Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, for example, had been mentioned as possible Dagney Taggarts) potentially available to come on board.
Only time will tell how much of this is true. One important point: according to the initial Variety article about all this, producer John Aglialoro was going to lose the feature rights if the project wasn’t in production by this past weekend. I don’t know how this squares with Polk’s version of events. People spend entire lifetimes in Hollywood waiting for major talent to come aboard their projects. Would Jolie of Theron ever really have signed on to this? Maybe. But the question becomes: how long is a producer with rights-issues likely to wait?
In any case, none of this looks good. It’s obviously bad to kick-off a production with a lawsuit, and this one has the potential to be devastating given the already limited resources of the production. Needless to say, having the original director now bad-mouthing the project isn’t helping either.
My instincts tell me that given the way this Atlas Shrugged project was structured – as a 4-part film series – there was no way a major A-list actress like Jolie or Theron was going to commit to it without: 1) guaranteed studio distribution; 2) a gigantic paycheck. That’s the reality of the situation, so it’s possible that Mr. Polk is being a little unrealistic here.
Either way, we’re still going to wish the makers of this film the best as they forge ahead under challenging circumstances.
Posted on June 15th, 2010 at 11:50am.