It's been almost a year since we brought you news of Atlas Shrugged, but for once, it wasn't because of development hell. It was because this feature -- which Hollywood has tried to whip up for the last 30 years -- was finally getting life as a television miniseries. But after such a long stretch, this news is too big to ignore. Last July, the project got a boost when Charlize Theron's name started circling the feature, and her involvement was conditional on the project not losing "many of the nuances" of Ayn Rand's famous novel, which pushed the feature into television miniseries land.

The Theron star-power is now gone, but the miniseries spin has remained, a cast has been collected, and cameras finally started rolling over the weekend, officially ending the adaptation's exorbitant development hell. Hit the jump for the details.

Variety reports that long-time TV actor Paul Johansson (and one of One Tree Hill's directors) is helming the series from Brian Patrick O'Toole's script, which had to get into production this weekend before producer John Aglialoro lost the rights and the film remained in cinematic limbo. The series will divide Rand's book into three parts, each grabbing 10 chapters, as Rand's fictional government starts controlling industry and productive citizens start vanishing. Part One will have a 5-week shoot, and at least one more film will follow, Variety notes, without stating what that means for the final part of the book.

Director Johansson also has a role as Galt, while Taylor Schilling plays Dagny Taggart, Grant Bowler plays Henry Reardon, Michael Learner (A Serious Man) plays Wesley Mouch, Matthew Marsdan is James Taggart, Graham Beckel has the role of Ellis Wyatt, and director Nick Cassavetes plays Richard McNamara. Rounding out the cast are Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn, Patrick Fischer, Neill Barry, Christina Pickles, and Nikki Klecha.

Now that Atlas Shrugged has actually made progress, are you happy with the results? Assuming, of course, that the project actually offers up all pieces and doesn't stall after the first two segments.