John Galt Goes to CPAC

Atlas Shrugged, the movie, is due out in two months.

"Atlas Shrugged" was supposed to star Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron; instead, the long-awaited adaptation of Ayn Rand's freedom-loving tract has come to the big screen with actors you've never heard of and no distribution deal. So the producers showed some scenes at CPAC, the annual Woodstock for conservatives, to try to drum up some interest -- and damned if it doesn't look pretty delicious.

"Hollywood does not think enough people" are interested in the message of "Atlas Shrugged," says executive producer Harmon Kaslow to the room. This is why he has brought the film clips to CPAC - to prompt a grass-roots groundswell of demand for the film at theaters, "spread through the technology of freedom."

"It is a movie that freedom fighters have been waiting decades for," says Max Pappas, the vice president of public policy for FreedomWorks, which is co-sponsoring the screening. "I'm pretty sure that it's the best-selling book of the 20th century that has not yet been made into a movie." He cites that survey, the one from 1991, in which a bunch of Book of the Month Club readers declared "Atlas Shrugged" the second-most-influential book ever, after the Bible.