Ever since I read the Fountainhead I’ve been totally smitten. I checked it out from the library repeatedly over a number of my years as a teen. I became so attached to the copy and each time I finished it, I inscribed a minuscule initial and date in the back blank pages of the book. The story was so long, verbose, and dense and yet it kept me interested for a number of reasons. I loved the idealistic architect- that may be one of the main sparks that began my move of architecture and design. I love the strange romance, and the anticipation of the relationship developing over time. The way Ayn Rand wrote, you can so vividly picture every scene. Dominique and her room were clearly defined in my mind. She was so glamorous and feminine, yet strong and had a clearly refined personal style about her.
I’ve often wondered about whether they’ll decide to remake the movie and I check on the prospect now and then. I wonder how much they would update the setting for modern times, if at all, or if it would be similar to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day in it’s period integrity.
I’ve read rumors of Oliver Stone having mentioned he would like to direct an eventual remake, and Brad Pitt has been heard talking all about his love of architecture and about how he would love to star in a remake… Not sure if that’s who I pictured as Roark if that’s what he’s thinking, but I’d give him a chance at the audition. 😉
The original Dominique role went to a newcomer to the scene, Patricia Neal (who passed away just last year at the age of 84) over other actresses like Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck, even though she reportedly has no experience in front of a camera. When they filmed the movie she was 23 and her costar Gary Cooper was 48- too old for most critics of the movie. If they do remake it, I think both characters should be young, but smart and strong.
In the hypothetical remake, if they do go for slightly more seasoned actors, I could see Gwyneth Paltrow or Charlize Theron. Ideally I see Dominique played by someone young and Hollywood gorgeous- a great actress, but not too “blockbuster” if you will. I picture someone like Scarlett Johansson or Amber Heard. They look a lot alike actually. I do think it would need to be someone young and who looks fab as a blonde, who can be feminine, but also fiery and steely.
As for the set design, I think it could be really fun whether they update it a bit, or keep it perfectly 40s. Here are some images I’ve gathered that reminded me of spaces I think Dominique’s character would love to live in. I always envisioned a cool monochromatic palette, shiny sleek surfaces, clean white on white tones, luxuriously layered textures, silver and platinum hues, delicate glass perfume bottles, silky bedding, and a distinctive range of blues, from powder to turquoise to peacock.