With respect to movies in production, based on historical experience, some of these will ultimately be completed, and others may never get off the ground. They are listed in reverse chronological order, based on latest announcements.
Two good sites for news on upcoming films are ComingSoon.net and Metacritic.com. A good site for upcoming DVDs is DVDReleaseDates.com. Also the Political Film Society sometimes identifies films of interest.
Awaiting DVD Release
When socialist dictator Joseph Stalin dies unexpectedly, a chaotic power struggle between surviving Soviet officials ensues.
“This delightfully silly movie is an intelligent, hilarious circus crammed full of the finest people cinema has to offer…easily the comedy of the year.”
“Armando Iannucci’s lacerating, hilarious comedy lampoons Stalinist Russia to within an inch of its life.”
Susan Kelo, a small-town nurse, fights against the eminent domain seizure of her home — all the way to the Supreme Court.
“Little Pink House brings urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme.”
“Another brilliantly low-key demonstration of pathos by the still-singular Catherine Keener.”
US Theaters in March 2018 | Death Wish
A New York City businessman arms himself to face down local crime after his wife and daughter are raped and murdered.
US Theaters 4/6/18 | Chappaquiddick
According to Variety, the film pulls no punches. “The film says that what happened at Chappaquiddick was even worse than we think. Kopechne’s body was found in a position that implied that she was struggling to keep her head out of the water. And what the film suggests is that once the car turned upside down, she didn’t die; she was alive and then drowned, after a period of time, as the water seeped in. This makes Edward Kennedy’s decision not to report the crime a clear-cut act of criminal negligence — but in spirit (if not legally), it renders it something closer to an act of killing.” I hope the role of the press in covering for Kennedy all these years is part of the story; that too deserves a telling.
“Justin Lin will develop to direct a film based on the 2016 Toronto Film Festival documentary Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, about how a Chinatown bank run by a Chinese immigrant family because the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis that crippled the global economy.”
The No Safe Spaces Indiego page says “We’re on schedule to release the film in the Spring/Summer of 2018.” No Safe Spaces is a forthcoming documentary on the subject of political correctness and free speech bans on university campuses. Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager have been filming their movie about political correctness at universities for several months. Now they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the documentary.” Per the Hollywood Reporter: “‘College campuses are supposed to be where diversity of opinion is celebrated, not silenced,’ said Carolla, who will star with talk-show host Dennis Prager in a film called No Safe Spaces.” The documentary also has a homepage.
10-20-17 | The Fountainhead
It was only a recent comment in the press, but the fact that filmmaker Zack Snyder specifically mentioned he was continuing to work on his script for a remake of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead means there is still life in the project. Per Dark Horizons, “Snyder’s next film will be the Afghan war drama The Last Photograph which he’s tweaking and prepping for in coming months, while he’s also still working on the script for his adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.” Earlier in 2016, Snyder originally announced the project. “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.” The novel was previously made into a film by King Vidor in 1949.
8-15-17 | Bad Boys of Brexit
Brexit took the UK, and for that matter the entire world, by surprise. The political back story behind its success is now being made into a major motion picture. The series of events behind Brexit’s success was told in the book The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign. That book, which tracks the ups and downs of the campaign, is now being considered by Warner Brothers for the big screen. Per the Daily Express, “Shooting is set to start in 2018 after the deal is signed off next month, with the script also soon to be finished.”
7-15-17 | Incredibles 2
Brad Bird, whose work often has suggestions of Ayn Randian influence, has been working on a sequel to The Incredibles. It was just announced that the new film, Incredibles 2, will pick up where the previous film left off, and is scheduled to hit the theaters in roughly a year, on June 15th, 2018.
7-13-17 | Animal Farm
Per The List: “The 53-year-old star Andy Serkis — who has directed a motion capture interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 tome The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Pictures — is also working on a new adaptation of the Orwell novella and insists they have a fantastic voice cast lined up to bring the farmyard characters to life.” He say’s it’s the “perfect time” for a remake, so…look out for a likely (and ironic) progressive spin. The best “Animal Farm” film to date is the 1954 film adaptation, though the animatronic effects in the 1999 film adaptation are impressive and entertaining.
7-9-17 | Stranger in a Strange Land
Last year it was reported that the Heinlein novel Stranger in a Strange Land was in development for a SyFy TV series. Apparently that project is still on track, as SyFy reconfirmed the news in the context of a marketing push regarding the network’s renewed emphasis on classic science fiction stories. Stranger in a Strange Land is considered one of Heinlein’s more libertarian works, and won the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for libertarian fiction. On its initial release, the New York Times called it a “disastrous mishmash of science fiction, laborious humor, dreary social satire and cheap eroticism.” Fans disagreed, and bought the novel in such quantities as to make it the first science-fiction title to appear on The New York Times Book Review’s best-seller list.
4-13-17 | King of the Jungle
According to an article in International Business Times, John McAfee, who contended for the LP Presidential nomination in 2016 (Gary Johnson won that spot), and who is best known for the cyber-security software sold under his name, will be the subject of a new film titled King of the Jungle. McAfee will be played Johnny Depp.
11-4-16 | Starship Troopers
A Starship Troopers remake is in the works at Sony Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “The studio is not remaking the  film but is said to be going back to the original Heinlein novel for an all-new take. No personnel from the 1997 film are involved,” according to the article. Before Robert Heinlein wrote the libertarian classics The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land, he wrote Starship Troopers. The latter, being essentially about war, is at odds with Heinlein’s otherwise individualist reputation, but will likely be of interest to libertarian fans regardless.
10-16-16 | Dark Web
The Coen Brothers — who won the “Best Screenplay” Academy Awards for both No Country for Old Men and Fargo, — have agreed to write the screenplay for Dark Web, a movie about Ross Ulbricht and his online illegal drug marketplace “Silk Road.” The 29-year-old Ulbricht, a libertarian and follower of Ludwig Von Mises, believed bringing the drug trade online would make the world a better place by eliminating the violence associated with it. He was eventually captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. His case has become a cause celebre among libertarians.
1-28-16 | Operation Auschwitz
Never heard of Auschwitz hero Witold Pilecki? You soon will. A film about him is finally being made. “In September 1940, Pilecki proposed a daring plan that in hindsight appears nearly unimaginable: he would arrange to be arrested in the hope that the Nazis, instead of executing him, might send him to the Auschwitz camp where he could gather information and form a resistance group from the inside.” [h/t Leonard Read]
1-26-16 | Little House on the Prarie
Once referred to by the Boston Globe as “Little Libertarians on the Prairie,” the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories are now to be made into a film.
11-2-15 | Atlas Shrugged
Just announced in The New York Times: Albert S. Ruddy, whose credits include The Godfather, plans to make a six- to eight-hour TV version of Atlas Shrugged. He has been trying to get the rights for 40 years. “The main thing, Mr. Ruddy said, is to honor Ms. Rand’s insistence on making a film for the future. That means redrawing its capitalists and creators, who go on strike against creeping collectivism…’When you look at guys like Jeff Bezos, he’s not only doing Amazon, he wants to colonize Mars,’ Mr. Ruddy said. He spoke by telephone last week of his plan for a mini-series in which an Internet blackout led by Bezos-like figures might shut down cellphones, banks and almost everything else…”