Zack Snyder’s divisive work has managed to alienate some audiences while also enamoring others. There is nothing wrong with this at all; watching films and discussing them is more interesting when opinions differ. Snyder had a very complex year in 2017. After a family tragedy, he was unable to finish his directing duties on his passion project, Justice League. The fact that some fans supported his well being over a blockbuster is a great blessing. Since then, he has bounced back on the social media platform that he has felt the most comfortable sharing his craft in, Vero.
He released Snow Steam Iron, a short shot on an iPhone with the help of friends and family last September. He quite often chats and answers questions with fans on the site. Most of the time his answers either reveal new insight on past projects or tease something in store for his future. Today brought the latter when he dropped a bomb by revealing his next big project- an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s controversial novel The Fountainhead.
One fan randomly asked him, “What is your next project? I don’t think you’ll just continue to post your opinions the rest of your life”. He simply responded with, “Fountainhead”. One can view the Vero conversation here. Snyder did not further elaborate, but he has teased his desire to adapt this novel for some time now. The best example is during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
“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”
It is exciting to see Snyder confirm another big film, but one should be cautious because The Fountainhead has proved to be a divisive novel. The story focuses on a young architect who refuses to stop believing in his personal modern practices despite criticisms and negativity from colleagues and other critics. His story is very much about the struggle in fighting conformity when creating your own masterpieces. One can already see why a divisive director like Snyder would want to adapt such a relatable tale. However, this is plot is not what makes the story controversial. Readers have accused author Ayn Rand of dehumanizing the women in her story- making them only there to serve all the men’s needs and act as simple motivators. Readers even point out how Rand quickly breezes over the heavy subject of rape in the story as if it were admissible. One should read the novel to make up their own opinions- but read with caution.
How excited are you to finally hear news about a new big Snyder project? Do you think Snyder is the right director to adapt The Fountainhead in a rightful manner? Let us know on social media and stay tuned for more updates on Snyder’s adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.