Director Takes the Weight of 'Atlas Shrugged'
Vadim Perelman will put Angelina Jolie through her paces
According to Variety, Vadim Perelman has come on board to rewrite the Ayn Rand adaptation. Perelman will then stick around to direct "Atlas Shrugged" when it's ready to shoot in early 2008.
Jolie has been attached to the adaptation for nearly a year and producers Howard and Karen Baldwin have been working on cracking the 1,100-page novel for even longer.
First published in 1957, "Atlas Shrugged" 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?"
Before "Atlas Shrugged" begins, Jolie will shoot the Clint Eastwood-directed "The Changeling" for Universal.
The trade paper says that original screenwriter Randall Wallace succeeded in generating a 127-page version of the "Atlas" script. Wallace will reportedly remain involved with the production even as Perelman works to bring his own take to the project.
Born in Kiev, Perelman made his writing and directing debut on 2003's Oscar nominated "House of Sand and Fog." His latest film, "In Bloom," will play at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
In 2006, Perelman was placed on accelerated rehabilitation following charges he groped two women in a Connecticut bar and threw a punch at one of the women's boyfriends. He received special probation allowing him not to plead guilty to any of the charges and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and make a $1000 charitable contribution.