Six degrees of C.S. Lewis and Ayn Rand?

Variety reports that Randall Wallace — screenwriter of Braveheart (1995; my comments) and Pearl Harbor (2001; my review), and director of The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and We Were Soldiers (2002; my article) — has been tapped to write the script for Atlas Shrugged starring Angelina Jolie. And why did he take the gig?

Writer-director Randall Wallace wasn’t about to shrug off the chance to adapt Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” for the bigscreen. . . .

Wallace, who last wrote and directed “We Were Soldiers” for Paramount, said he and his college-age son made a deal last year to read each other’s favorite books. His was C.S. Lewis‘ “Mere Christianity,” which runs around 100 pages; his son’s was “Atlas Shrugged,” which runs more than 1,100 pages.

“I was fascinated by Rand’s book. It was original and provocative,” Wallace told Daily Variety. . . .

So who’s going to make the film version of Mere Christianity?

OCT 18 UPDATE: Quelle coincidence! Today, CT Movies happened to run an interview with Wallace, who is described here as a “devout Christian”. If only they’d known about Atlas Shrugged! Not that it makes him any less Christian, of course; but it would have been good to ask how his faith might inform this script.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • magnus

    Just say no to Ayn Rand.

  • gabriel

    Goodness- one almost wonders whether Wallace’s son was taking it out on the old man. 1,100 pages! Wallace Senior should’ve assigned the Summa Theologica!

  • Darryl A. Armstrong

    Oddly enough, Mere Christianity probably pulverizes Atlas Shrugged’s massive content in a “mere” 100 pages.