This is going to be interesting.
Full disclosure: I’m something of a fan of Zack Snyder. I won’t lie he has his failures (just look at Batman v Superman) but he’s one of our most distinctive blockbuster directors around, with a visual identity and more ambition than his ilk could ever try. Stuff like Watchmen and Sucker Punch (say what you will about their quality) are the only kinds of things a mad auteur with in the studio system could possibility get away with. He’s like the freak hybrid of Michael Bay and Ridley Scott, doubling down in their brilliance and idiocy. So to hear a new project from him, one that’s very distant from his work with the DCEU, certainly raises my eyebrow. And is that new project? An adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic book, The Fountainhead.
On the website Vero, Snyder was answering fan questions and when one fan asked him what his next project will be, he responded it would be The Fountainhead. A fan on Twitter was able to take pics of this:
The Fountainhead is officially Zack's next project instead of The Last Photograph. pic.twitter.com/pKS84l3uO8
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For those uninitiated with the source material, the book is about frustrated architect Howard Roark who finds himself frustrated by the medicore standards of the common man and wishes to challenge society’s standards of what is of worth. Snyder’s talked about doing this since 2016 in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying he was fascinated by the book’s themes of wanting to create something. In his words:
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.
I must say, I can’t help but be interested. At the very least, it’ll be more of a work from somebody with an actual vision instead of the cobbled together messes that were BVS and Justice League.