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Zack Snyder is working on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. There’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d write when I got out of bed this morning. This is a total swerve, thematically and stylistically, for Snyder. He cut his teeth on commercials before launching Warner’s superhero domain, so venturing into the realm of Rand’s ego-driven objectivism is quite the diversion. As for the script he refers to, it could be a version penned by the author that Warner kept in its vaults, or the screenplay from the 1949 adaptation.
Given all your involvements, do you have time to develop anything outside of this?
ZACK We have The Last Photograph that I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s a small, sort of weird project about a war photographer in Afghanistan. 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.
Ayn Rand wasn’t exactly known for having a sunshine-and-lollipops view of the world, and she may have found a kindred spirit in noted grim-and-gritty superhero director Zack Snyder. He and his wife (and producing partner) Deborah Snyder have revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he’s toying around with a screen adaptation of Rand’s best-selling 1943 ode to architecture and rugged individualism, The Fountainhead.
So yeah, it appears as though during Snyder’s downtime from dealing with some of the biggest superheroes in the world, he’s been toiling away on developing something entirely different.
Rand’s book follows an individualistic young architect named Howard Roark who makes the choice to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic vision, as he favors modern architecture over the establishment-supported traditional style. As with all of Rand’s work, it’s a philosophical work of fiction that deals with topics like individualism versus collectivism, and has been used as a political token in the ensuing years.
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Snyder tackling “The Fountainhead” kind of makes one’s head spin, but the book has been adapted before, by King Vidor in the 1949 picture starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. But no doubt, Snyder would put his lumbering, shrill brand on the material.