On May 28th, 2018, director Zack Snyder revealed that his next film will be an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Via the social media app, Vero, a fan asked Snyder what his next project would be. To which Snyder responded, “Fountainhead“.
Written in 1943 by controversial author Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead – generally – examines the conflict of an idealistic architect who strives for creative independence against a society that instead values conformity and collectivism. However, the book is rife with problematic characterizations and sexism.
The novel was first adapted by Warner Bros in 1949. The studio had even hired Rand to adapt the screenplay. Initially the author gave praise to the film version of the novel only to deride the picture decades later.
Many directors have sought to develop their own adaptation of the The Fountainhead but have never been able to get it off the ground. That tends to be the recurring theme with Ayn Rand’s work; the failure to produce a successful adaptation. The most recent adaptation of Rand’s subsequent work, Atlas Shrugged, was met with critical backlash and fan outrage at its ineffective storytelling, dreadful editing and strange recasting for each film.
Snyder first expressed interest in tackling the Fountainhead in 2016, during the theatrical run of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when asked if he had any other films in development, Snyder replied, “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.”
At the time of this writing, Warner Bros has yet to confirm whether or not this will be Snyder’s next project with the studio.
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