Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) is just coming off 2017’s Justice League and now he’s turning his attention to Ayn Rand‘s 1943 novel The Fountainhead. He announced his attachment to the project during an exchange yesterday (May 28) with a fan on the social media site Vero, reports Deadline.
When the well-informed fan asked about Snyder’s wartime film, The Photograph, which has been in the works for a while, Snyder replied that his next project would in fact be The Fountainhead. Although he’s talked about his interest in the book in earlier interviewsX, the film project hadn’t been confirmed until the Vero chat.
The big reveal was documented and shared by a Twitter user:
The Fountainhead is officially Zack's next project instead of The Last Photograph. pic.twitter.com/pKS84l3uO8
— ςняιѕ яανєи (@ChrisRa7en) May 28, 2018
Rand’s story follows architect Howard Roark — a great talent who’s also deemed difficult because of his unwillingness to compromise on design. He refuses to conform and is prepared to sacrifice everything that means anything to him.
This isn’t the first time Fountainhead will be adapted for the big screen, with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal starring in a 1949 version. The below trailer does a nice job of introducing the major characters:
Snyder talked about working on a new version back in 2016, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “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 the rights to the script, said Snyder in the same interview, and he revealed: “I’ve just been working on that a little bit.” Now, it appears to have gotten the green light and is moving forward.
The Fountainhead author, Ayn Rand, was a Russian-American writer and philosopher (1905-1982), and was just as polarizing a figure as the protagonist she created in her most famous novel. When it came to her beliefs of individualism, she had her opposers, as well as defenders. The New York Times summarizes both sides in this obituary, following her passing at the age of 77.
Snyder’s involvement in the project may have been confirmed but a start date for filming is still to come.
Is The Fountainhead due a modern cinematic update?