Despite the failure of Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and Atlas Shrugged Part 2, which took in a combined $8 million at the domestic box office, producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow have greenlit the third installment of their trilogy, the pair said Tuesday.
Atlas Shrugged Part 3 takes place in a dystopian U.S. where government regulation and high taxes have stifled the economy. Bureaucrats blame society’s ills on those who are most successful, so the hard-working entrepreneurs participate in a bizarre “strike,” orchestrated — perhaps — by a mysterious figure known as “John Galt.”
I cannot tell you how endearing it is that there exists a group of self-appointed Randians who honestly believe that the economy would grind to a halt if they were to collectively withhold their prodigious talents from society. And these are the same people who made $8 million on their $30 million investment. But then I’ve never met a Randian whose monumental self-regard was not grossly out of proportion to his or her actual talents. And that includes Rand herself.
Of note, the last Read It and Weep podcast riffed mercilessly on part two of Atlas Shrugged. It was quite entertaining despite the fact that I haven’t seen either of the first two movies.