Zack Snyder Is Adapting Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead For an Audience of Moochers

Image: Still from the 1949 Fountainhead film
Image: Still from the 1949 Fountainhead film

This news made my brain throw up a “404 File Not Found” page as a form of self-defense. It just couldn’t reconcile this with reality. I’m so tired, guys. I need to lie down for a moment.


Here’s what Zack Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter:

I have been working on The Fountainhead. 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.

Just sitting at home noodling on Ayn Rand’s script for a The Fountainhead movie. Like you do. On the one hand, seeing her words interpreted by his visual style would probably be the anti-life equation. On the other hand, imagine Snyder giving The Fountainhead the Sucker Punch treatment. I’m sorry. It turns out both hands are bad.

I’m in no way surprised that Snyder identifies with a book about a man whose revolutionary new ideas are anathema to the orthodoxy of his time. But I find it hilarious that the part of Rand’s story that was about lavish, impressive styles being empty inside didn’t strike a chord.

If ever there was a project that should stay in development hell, this is it.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



Yes, if there’s one thing that could match the excitement of Batman fighting Superman, it’s watching a rapist give a three hour speech.

This is the only adaption of The Fountainhead that I will accept: