Quick Cuts: The Damned, Atlas Shrugged, Help Wanted Nights

The DamnedAccording to Variety, scribe David DiGilio (Eight Below) is set to write the screenplay for Dreamworks’ adaptation of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s graphic novel, The Damned. The graphic novel, originally published by Oni Press, is described by Variety as following “a Los Angeles detective who discovers that a new gang with ties to the supernatural has infiltrated the city.” A look at The Damned’s official website reveals an intriguing cast of devils, demons, half-breeds and more as mobsters and criminals in Los Angeles. Very interesting.

Comingsoon.net has an exclusive with director Vladimir Perelman (House of Sand and Fog, The Life Before Her Eyes) on one of his upcoming projects. Perelman has revealed that he has finished the script on the long-anticipated film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, though it is anyone’s guess how the 1,100+ page tome will be condensed into a single film. The film is in production at Lionsgate, and they reportedly want Perelman to start shooting by December. Angelina Jolie has been attached to play Dagny Taggart for some time, and IMDb suggests that Brad Pitt may be in as well.

And in very minor but personally interesting movie news, Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher has sold his first screenplay, according to an interview in the L.A. Times. This is mainly intriguing because of its title and subject matter. The film, which is being produced by indie production company Parts & Labor, is titled Help Wanted Nights. Kasher’s dark pop band, The Good Life, released a similarly titled album in 2007, which was publicized as the soundtrack to the upcoming film. The film, according to the Times, is a look at what happens when “a stranger’s car breaks down in a rural town, and he’s sucked into the locals’ personal noirish hells.” Given the intricate and evocative nature of the storytelling present in all of Kasher’s musical work, this film will definitely be worth a look.

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  1. Written by BlueNight
    on 2008-04-14 at 22:07
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    Looking forward to Atlas Shrugged. I just wish it had a release date of October 1, in time for election season.

  2. Written by Janus
    on 2008-04-15 at 11:22
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    Anyone else find it ironic that a big studio is doing Atlas Shrugged? I can’t think of another industry with more parasitism and less creative freedom than the Hollywood machine. (I suppose that’s an indictment of Objectivism in the real world, right there.)

    I can’t wait for the high speed chase scene on the roof of the train as Galt and Dagny stop that superweapon from taking out New York. Dagny trips on her high heels at least once, of course.

  3. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-04-15 at 13:07
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    I wasn’t aware the Kasher was a screenwriter. He can write good songs, but i guess we’ll have to wait and see if he can write a good movie.

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