I’ve just had one of those moments where one’s ‘net surfing all ties in together in way similar to that described below by the great Tracey Walter in 1984’s “Repo Man.”
So, today, I’m trying to decide what to write for this post, and I happen across Roger Ebert’s tweet noting that today is the 103rd birthday of John Wayne. Now, I’m tempted to start looking for a good YouTube clip to run as one my “movie moments” posts, but this is hardly the first time I’ve noted the birthday of the Duke, and it’s not like it’s a birthday ending with a zero. Still, I look at some clips, but nothing really seems to work.
So, instead I check out Deadline and find that Mike Fleming has a post up noting that the current holders of the movie rights to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have decided to go ahead and set a June 11 production date for what are supposed to be four (!) movies based on the mammoth tome by the writer beloved of libertarians, libertarian leaning conservatives, and, for some reason, otherwise apolitical or nominally liberal women between the ages of 19 and 35.
Inspired by the ultra-ultra-individualist, go-for-broke philosophy of Rand, producer and, I guess, cowriter John Aglialoro is doing this despite having not yet cast the film, with a first-time director, and apparently without much of a budget for the mega-epic. I’m sure the thought of the audience “going Galt” and ignoring the film hasn’t even occurred to them. I should add that the late Ms. Rand’s go-it-alone philosophy might remind some of John Wayne. (As this hilarious but arguably offensive clip from “Repo Man” underlines.) On the other hand, Rand was an atheist and more of a strict ultra-libertarian borderline anarchist with a hawkish streak, not a true conservative.
And then it gets weird because, through another tweet by Markos Moulitsas, I found that today is also the eighth birthday of the liberal political blog founded by Moulitsas, DailyKos, where I can sometimes be found. This is where it gets sort of weird, I guess.
You see, one of the funniest and best known members of the enormous DailyKos community is screenwriter Jeffrey Lieber who, in the way some of us liberal English major types do, often makes passing disparaging references to Ayn Rand (and Rand Paul). His posts aside, Leiber’s claim to fame is that he is listed as a co-creator on, what else but the recently wrapped and much blogged about right here, “Lost” (He is the first to admit that his vision of the show was mostly unrelated to the J.J. Abrams’ produced show which made it to air.)
However, as far as I know, Leiber does claim at least some credit for the screenplay for the 2002 film version of the popular children’s novel, “Tuck Everlasting” — one title I can’t imagine that porn producers haven’t taken advantage of by now. Anyhow, according to IMDb, Leiber shares the credit on the film with writer James V. Hart. And what is Hart’s latest project. “Atlas Shrugged.”
Have I just blown your mind? Nah, I didn’t think so and I probably should add that the production mentioned by Mike Fleming apparently won’t be using the script written by James V. Hart and Randall Wallace but a new one cowritten by the producer.
Maybe if I could find a clip with John Wayne eating a plate of shrimp? Well, you’ll just have to accept this.