David Boaz at the Cato blog sums up some thoughts from Atlas Shrugged screenwriter Randall Wallace on the script, which is complete–at 129 pages.
Here's how Wallace, an Oscar nominee for his Braveheart script, explains the connections:
The assertion that change occurs when heroic individuals are willing to stand up–and further, that people in the herd want to be heroic individuals but aren't encouraged to do so until they find a leader worth following–is very much in Braveheart, and it's something thoroughly ingrained in the American psyche.
I think Mel would make a great Hank Rearden, by the way.
While I live in L.A., I'm not quite a full-on "Hollywood insider." Still, I did subscribe to Variety for a year, and I'll go out on a limb and say a big-deal epic for which no director nor complete cast appear to have been slated is pretty unlikely to be out next summer, no matter what Wallace says.