Editor's Note: John Aglialoro, a trustee of The Atlas Society, has worked for nearly two decades to produce a movie of Ayn Rand ’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged . Now he has reached his goal. The film is scheduled for release April 15, 2011. 
Editor's Note: David Kelley is the executive director of The Atlas Society (TAS), and film producer John Aglialoro is a trustee of the Society. TAS is the publisher of The New Individualist. This interview first appeared in the Spring 2011 print edition of The New Individualist. TNI: What was your role in preparing the script for the Atlas Shrugged movie?
Background Atlas Shrugged is structured in three major parts, each of which consists of ten chapters. The parts and chapters are named, and the titles typically suggest multiple layers of meaning and implication.
A few years ago, I was sitting at a sushi bar in downtown Washington, D.C., reading a battered paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged while I munched on a California roll. The man next to me saw the cover and said, "Ah yes, Ayn Rand . Something everyone reads when they're young." He was infinitely condescending. "And sometimes even when they're older," I replied, but left it there. 
I sat in a corner on the sofa, thoroughly engrossed, turning the pages of Atlas Shrugged . Reading one of the most popular works of fiction ever published may sound like a fairly ordinary thing to do. But at the time the novel was not even completed. I was reading the manuscript. And the sofa was in the living room of Ayn Rand’s apartment. 


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