Lionsgate Snags 'Atlas Shrugged' Film

Frat boys and self-centered individualists of the world rejoice -- Lionsgate is moving forward on a big screen adaptation of Ayn Rand's heaviest book.

According to Variety, "Ray" producers Howard and Karen Baldwin believe they've cracked the challenge of turning the 1,100 page novel "Atlas Shrugged" into a manageable feature. Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution.

Written in 1957, "Atlas Shrugged" is considered Rand's masterpiece by people who believe that the Russian-born author had a masterpiece (in fairness, most frat boys usually stop after Rand's kiddie lit effort "The Fountainhead").

The weighty tome focuses on railroad executive Dagny Taggart, who feels crushed by society's evil shift toward collectivism or something silly like that. In a world on the verge of economic collapse, everybody has to learn important lessons about selfishness and self-sufficiency. They also have to find out the answer to the question "Who is John Galt?"

Answer: John Galt is the name of the hero's childhood sled.

But we kid.

James V. Hart ("Contact") has written a two-part script for "Atlas," but it's likely that it will be tightened to a single opus.

Without any actual information at its disposal, Variety figures that since Angelina Jolie has said in the past that she likes Ayn Rand, she's a strong possibility to play Dagny. Also without any facts, Variety says that Brad Pitt would make a great John Galt.