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Helmer Found for Angelina Jolie-Starrer Atlas Shrugged

September 6, 2007 (6:35 am) GMT
Lionsgate is assigning Ukraine-born filmmaker Vadim Perelman to direct the movie as well as to rewrite its script.
Vadim Perelman

Filling in the major blank in crew lineup for its "", Lionsgate Films has appointed "" maker Vadim Perelman to direct the picture also make a rewrite on the screenplay, originally penned by "Braveheart" scribe Randall Wallace.

Project has already signed in to be the female lead with Howard and Karen Baldwin producing alongside Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group, which most recently made "", a comedic flick toplined by Jolie's former husband .

Based on Ayn Rand's famed novel of the same name, "Atlas" focuses on what happens when great industrialists and thinkers go on strike and the world grinds to a halt. Wallace previously managed to boil down the author's manifesto of 1,100-plus pages into a 127-page script.

While the studio is in need to have a final screenplay done before formally committing to a start date, Perelman's hiring in turn puts it in a strong position for an early 2008 production start, just a shade over 50 years after the book was first published in 1957.

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