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Zack Snyder’s Next Film Will Be A Remake of The Fountainhead

May 29, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In a post on Vero, Zack Snyder confirmed that his next project will not be his Afghanistan war drama The Last Photograph, but a remake based on Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead.

According to Coming Soon, Snyder previously said that Warner Bros. owns the rights to the book, but his production company Cruel & Unusual Films is based there.

He said in 2016: “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.

The script is the one Rand wrote for King Vidor’s 1949 adaptation of the book, which starred Gary Cooper. It bombed at the box office and Rand later disowned it.

Here’s a synopsis: The book, about an architect named Howard Rourke who strives to go against the grain in service of a more modern style of building, is a cornerstone of Rand’s controversial Objectivist philosophy, based around “rational self-interest.”

Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter, wrote his own adaptation in the seventies with Clint Eastwood eyed for Rourke. The spectacular failure of Heaven’s Gate ended that. Francis Ford Coppola attempted a film called Megalopolis, inspired by the book, in the early 2000s. However, he was unable to get the large budget he wanted.