So few people actually saw Atlas Shrugged – Part I in theaters, that they may be wondering, how we got to a second film. The first film pulled in a meager $4.6 million against its $20 million budget and raised concern that the second film might not happen.
But producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro persevered, scrapping the cast from Part I and hiring a new director to adapt the second part of Ayn Rand's novel.
The casting swap goes as follows – Samantha Mathis replaces Taylor Schilling as railroad exec Dagny Taggart, John Beghe replaces Grant Bowler as steel owner Henry Rearden, Esai Morales steps in for Jsu Garcia as mining heir Francisco d'Anconia and D.B. Sweeney takes over for Paul Johansson as the mysterious John Galt.
John Putch, who directed such films as the direct-to-video American Pie: The Book of Love and several episodes of Scrubs and Ugly Betty takes over directing duties for Johansson, who helmed the first film.
Atlas Shrugged: Part II finds Dagny Taggart discovering what might be the answer to a mounting energy crisis. The film opens October 12.