Excerpt from Upcoming “Atlas Shrugged” Script

Starpulse: “After years of delays, Ayn Rand’s famous novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is being made into a feature film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, according to media reports. Lionsgate Films bought the rights to the film version of the 1957 novel, considered in many polls to be one of the most influential books in history. According to Hollywood trade paper Variety, the Mr. And Mrs. Smith co-stars, who are both fans of the Russian novelist, would play the lead roles of Dagny Taggart and John Gault. [sic]”

Return of the Reluctant has obtained an exclusive excerpt of the upcoming Atlas Shrugged script, which was reportedly written by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie themselves.

INT. TAGGART TRANSCONTINENTAL OFFICE — DAY

Taggart is bent over the desk. Galt is behind her.

GALT
Your name is neither Jen nor Aniston. She is not selfish enough.

TAGGART
That’s why you came to me. It is the natural way of things.

GALT
If you do not give into your latent selfish desires, I will impregnate you again. Say it! Say it!

TAGGART
Who is John Galt?

GALT
That is quite a witticism. Again!

Galt handcuffs Taggart’s wrists.

GALT
I can’t hear you. If you do not have a response, I must ask you to whimper. I am an intense man, Dagny. Do not test me.

TAGGART
Who is John Galt?

GALT
Do you feel pain?

TAGGART
Yes. Pain is the best thing for America. Pain is the best thing for me, and therefore for America. We can build railroads. We can accumulate capital.

GALT
I am satisfied that you have come to terms with this concept. We can do more. This is a battle of wills. Who’s your daddy, Dagny?

TAGGART
John Galt!

(via Bookdwarf)

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  1. Glad to see you have regained some of your energies.

    Ed, did you ever read Cintra Wilson’s novel “Colors Insulting to Nature”? I think it is wonderfully good, & it would be rather up your alley, it has similar anarchic humor with lots of crazy stuff going on! Do pick up a copy if you haven’t already….

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