It’s not over ’til John Galt sings
In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Caller to be published Friday, John Aglialoro, the producer of the movie adaptation of the classic Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged,” hinted that part three of the movie trilogy might be made as a musical.
“But you know, part three could be a musical . . . like a Les Miserables kind of a musical,” said Aglialoro. “That’s part of the impact and I guess I haven’t said this publicly yet, but I’m looking at it completely different if part three is a musical with quality music that’s done in a certain way that people will like.”
Since the novel is roughly 1,200 pages, the movie adaptation was split into three parts. Part one is set to be released April 15.
If I remember correctly (and remember I’m suffering from Post-Rand Traumatic Stress Syndrome), the longest uninterrupted speeches in the novel were in the last third. I cannot imagine setting them to music. The poor singers will require oxygen before they can complete one monologue.
But it does lead to an interesting question. What kind of music would be appropriate? Oh, I know, the temptation is to shout, “Wagner!”
The entire Ring Cycle might not be long enough for Galt’s speech, unfortunately.
We need something more operatic, more in keeping in the theme of Rand’s grand vision of an ideological elite reclaiming a destroyed world.
That sounds about right.