Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has only a week to go before it hits theaters, but that hasn't stopped the director from discussing possible future projects. From what we know so far, it might be the first George Washington biopic ever made — or it might be an adaptation of author Ayn Rand's first successful novel, The Fountainhead.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder stated that he and his business partner and wife Deborah Snyder have been playing around with the idea of bringing Rand's novel to the silver screen, and have already started working on it:
"I have been working on The Fountainhead. I've always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something. Warner Bros. owns [Ayn Rand's] script and I've just been working on that a little bit."
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Rand's take on individualism and architecture, Vulture has a pretty apt summary of what the book is about, as well as Rand's ideology behind it:
"[The Fountainhead] follows the trials and tribulations of an iconoclastic architect named Howard Roark. He spends the tale striving to overcome critics and colleagues who doubt the integrity of his creative vision, eventually...winning out and being recognized for his greatness. He was a walking embodiment of Rand's philosophy, which held individual achievement as sacred and dismissed anyone who would ask for a handout."
This is far from the first time that Rand's work has been translated into a film. Starting in 2011, the author's science fiction-flavored magnum opus Atlas Shrugged was made into a film trilogy — but the films were considered both commercial and critical failures as a whole. The Fountainhead also got the movie treatment in 1949, starring Gary Cooper as Roark, with Rand serving as screenwriter for the flick. Unfortunately, the film also garnered the reaction that Atlas Shrugged would get later, with Rand herself calling The Fountainhead a movie she "disliked ... from beginning to end."
If you want to get a taste of the first adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, check out the original trailer for the flick in the video clip below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter