I definitely remember that I was supposed to read Farenheit 451 in high school, and I'm almost positive that instead, I watched an old movie version and skimmed the Cliff's notes. (Sorry, Mrs. Powell!)
HBO is coming out with an updated version of the movie this Spring, starring Shape of Water's Michael Shannon and Creed's Michael B. Jordan.
This is far from the first adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi novel about "firemen" who burn illegal literature in a dystopian, totalitarian regime. The story has been retold on stage and screen, most famously in a 1966 film by Francois Truffaut, and even on the radio, but HBO is planning a fresh, modernized take on Bradbury's original vision.
Fahrenheit 451's director and co-writer, Ramin Bahrani, told the Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that, although the plot of the new film strays from its source material, it stays "true to the themes" of the original book.
"Bradbury's novel was set in the future where he was predicting having screens on the wall that you could interact with," Bahrani told the Reporter. "Social media and supercomputers like my phone are real now... There was no reason to put [Fahrenheit 451] in the future; it's just [set in] a strange tomorrow."
In the new adaptation, Jordan plays Montag—a fireman who begins to question his job and his loyalty to the government. Shannon stars alongside him as Montag's mentor and fire captain, Beatty. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film also features Sofia Boutella as "an informant caught between the competing interests" of Jordan and Shannon's characters. (Vice News)
The teaser trailer doesn't give away much ... just enough to make it look interesting.
.@michaelb4jordan & Michael Shannon star in #Fahrenheit451, based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel depicting a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and "firemen" burn books. More info: https://t.co/KfdSja280D #TCA18 pic.twitter.com/QbaCXqQOM0— HBO PR (@HBOPR) January 11, 2018