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What Would Ayn Rand Think? 'Atlas Shrugged' Hits Kickstarter To Get Cash For Final Film In Trilogy

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 23, 2013 3:07 PM
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If the market has dictated anything it's that no one cares about "Atlas Shrugged." The reception to the trilogy has been pretty dismal both critically and commercially, with the first part earning $4.6 million and second even less, with $3.3 million. The budget on the first movie alone was $20 million and something tells us Ayn Rand herself would tell the filmmakers to get out of this while they still can. Somehow $10 million more dollars is being spent on a third installment, and the filmmakers want your money.

Producers have hit Kickstarter, hat in hand, asking for $250,000 dollars, even though they claim not to actually need it, they're just doing it for publicity (but still, they'll take your money if you give it to them). “There is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around,” producer Harmon Kaslow told THR. “The day we launch the Kickstarter campaign those haters are going to come alive. They’re going to come after us in droves, attacking us everywhere online. To them, we say, thank you.” You're welcome?

As always, there all kinds of levels you can donate at if you really want to make this movie that no one will see happen, from $10 will which get your name on a website (seriously) to $10,000 where you will get the exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity to "hang out" with Karmon and director John Aglialoro at the premiere of the movie. Whoa!

If all goes according to plan, they'll shoot this fall, for a release in late 2014. In short, "Atlas Shrugged 3" is coming, which we reckon will be met with a shrug from just about everyone. 

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  • John | October 12, 2013 12:56 AMReply

    Ayn Rand this financial span is ironic.

  • Davis | September 23, 2013 8:25 PMReply

    "The movie is actually already fully funded. The Atlas Shrugged Movie Kickstarter campaign is not so much about money as it is about marketing."

    Kickstarter expressly prohibits awareness campaigns. Reported.

  • Phil | September 23, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    Zack - You are a moron! I get so sick and tired of people hating on other people wanting to remain an individual. Followers as I call them are anyone who hold to their leader "who can do no wrong". Let it be Bush or Obama for all I care. All I want is to be left alone by the government and to do with my earnings what I see fit. That doesn't make you associated with any one movement or ideology. Still people like you have such a small brain you take offense to us not "wanting to be part of your group". So you force us through taxes and the threat of jail to support programs we would never use. I would starve to death or ask for charity before I ever used a program like welfare or food stamps. So why should I have to pay for it????

  • Zack | September 23, 2013 10:15 PM

    What the ever-loving f--k are you talking about?

  • Iprax | September 23, 2013 9:42 PM

    Phil - It's called human decency and a human society. We all contribute so that HUMAN BEINGS can have a better life and not be trampled on by the tyranny of an untouchable de facto aristocracy. And that's exactly what it is. Every idiot with only a few brain cells to rub together to keep warm has decided that freedom means that they too could one day become rich. It isn't going to happen. It's not possible. We have created a world where wealth and privilege are handed down from on high, not earned. Nobody owes me wealth, but I sure owe my fellow man some effort into making the world a better place for everybody. And if that means I have to pay more in taxes in order to make sure that my neighbor who cannot find a job that offers healthcare, or perhaps a job at all, doesn't die of easily and inexpensively treatable diseases while the boards of directors of medical corporations get richer and have us blaming "the lazy parasites" for the cost of healthcare.

    I'm sorry you never learned in Kindergarten that sharing is an important part of life. Unfortunately, people are selfish and greedy, so the only way to make sure that society functions at all is to have LAWS and *gasp* TAXES.

    You are not a special snowflake. You are nothing. I am nothing. The best we can do is to help those who are less than nothing not have their faces trampled into the mud.

  • Zack | September 23, 2013 6:48 PMReply

    Too bad everyone who'd pay to see this already blew all their spare money on George Zimmerman's defense fund.

  • Matt | September 23, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    I love this synopsis on the Kickstarter... "Atlas Shrugged tells the compelling story of a country whose economic system is on the brink of collapse. Who is John Galt?"

    To anyone unfamiliar with the book, that just seems like an unrelated question at the end.... "Interstellar follows a group of intrepid scientists as they travel to the ends of our scientific understanding. Did you check the mail?"

  • Glass | September 23, 2013 10:23 PM

    Exactly lol. I've never read the book, so it reads like a random answer to a Jeopardy question that snuck in there.

  • Matt N. | September 23, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    Just made my donation! Thanks, guys.

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