After Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 tanked both critically and commercially, producer John Aglialoro said publicly that he was having second thoughts about making the sequels. Film critics and moviegoers breathed a sigh of relief, and all but the most die-hard Ayn Rand fans moved on with their lives.

Now, however, Aglialoro seems to be feeling a renewed sense of optimism. According to producer Harmon Kaslow, Aglialoro is back at work on Part 2 of the trilogy, due out in time for next year’s election season. Read more after the jump.

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On a nightly basis, fans eagerly watch as Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report skewers the political machine and news media with hilarious results. Earlier this week, though, host Stephen Colbert decided to move his cross hairs from Washington D.C. to Hollywood with a segment called “Movies That Are Destroying America: Saving America Edition.” In it he focuses on Captain America: The First Avenger as well as Atlas Shrugged: Part I, while also working in digs to several other major Hollywood blockbusters and classics. In typical Colbert fashion, he finds things a layman may have taken for granted and puts a unique and hilarious spin on them. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Next time someone talks about how critics don’t matter (it’s bound to happen with the summer movie wave encroaching) just point to Atlas Shrugged: Part I. The miserable-looking partial adaptation of Ayn Rand‘s massive novel has taken in a paltry few million in the past two weeks, with a near-50% drop-off between weekends.

Now producer John Aglialoro, who spent years trying to make the film, says he might abandon his plans to continue the adaption with two more movies. And while there’s a part of me that wants to accept the overwhelming commercial power of the movie critic, in this case I have to wonder if Atlas Shrugged wasn’t actually done in by the fact of being a lousy movie. Read More »