Filmmaker Zack Snyder has revealed that his next directorial venture is The Fountainhead, an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel. The director, 52, made the revelation in response to a fan question on the social-media site Vero.
The synopsis for the book reads as follows…
Architect Howard Roark is as unyielding as the granite he blasts to build with. Defying the conventions of the world around him, he embraces a battle over two decades against a double-dealing crew of rivals who will stop at nothing to bring him down. These include, perhaps most troublesome of all, the ambitious Dominique Francon, who may just prove to be Roarke’s equal. This epic story of money, power and a man’s struggle to succeed on his own terms is a paean to individualism and humanity’s creative potential. First published in 1943, The Fountainhead introduced millions to Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism: an uncompromising defence of self-interest as the engine of progress, and a jubilant celebration of man’s creative potential.
The Fountainhead, Rand’s first novel, was made into a 1949 movie starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal directed by King Vidor.
With Zack Snyder’s time with the DCEU and now the director has confirmed that he’s moving on to a project he’s talked about since 2016 — an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
Snyder’s last film was Justice League, the Warner Bros/DC tentpole that he directed and produced with wife Deborah Snyder.
Joss Whedon came aboard to do re-shoots and postproduction on that film after the Snyders quit the project following the death of their daughter.
The confirmation comes from Snyder’s social media platform of choice, Vero, where he frequently answers fan questions and posts behind-the-scenes photos. A fan recently asked him what his current project is, and Snyder simply replied “Fountainhead” without any further details. You can check out a screenshot of the exchange in the tweet below.
— Talk Film Society (@TalkFilmSoc) May 28, 2018
The Fountainhead is officially Zack’s next project instead of The Last Photograph. pic.twitter.com/pKS84l3uO8
— ςняιѕ яανєи (@ChrisRa7en) May 28, 2018
As noted previously, Snyder has talked about wanting to do a film adaptation of The Fountainhead since 2016. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter around the time that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened in theaters, Snyder said that the project was something he had been working on outside of the DCEU as he found it so connected to the creative process.
“I have been working on The Fountainhead,” Snyder said. “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 fans wondering what Snyder’s new project is about, The Fountainhead, published in 1943, was the first literary success for Russian-American writer Ayn Rand. The book — very generally speaking — tells the tale of a young architect who refuses to compromise his designs with ideas of other, established architect despite backlash he receives for it. However, the book is somewhat controversial as the story embodies themes about perceived struggles of individuality and creative stifling of conformity in addition to the novel being criticized for not having any sympathetic characters as well as having questionable treatment of female characters.
Problematic themes and characterizations aside, Snyder’s adaptation would not be the first time The Fountainhead has been adapted for the screen. Warner Bros. released a film based on the book back in 1949. Rand wrote the screenplay for that version herself which is the script Snyder has previously mentioned adapting.
As for when fans can expect Snyder’s The Fountainhead, that is a bit of a mystery. Other than the director’s comment on Vero, there has been no other confirmation of the project by Warner Bros. However, with how open Snyder has been on Vero lately — he recently appeared to admit that he had no idea who the Russian family in Justice League was — it’s likely when there’s more to tell about the project, Snyder will talk about it on the social media platform.
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