HBO has released the first teaser for Fahrenheit 451, the upcoming film adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The book's tagline explains the title: "Fahrenheit 451 - the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns..." The movie has no release date yet, but stars Michael B. Jordan (of Creed and Fruitvale Station) as Montag and Michael Shannon as his fire captain, Beatty. Conflict between a government censorship diehard and the flamethrowing fireman who isn't quite sold will run rampant in the TV movie written and directed by Bahrani, who has plenty of thoughts on how to keep the sci-fi story relevant.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO's Fahrenheit 451 will be along sometime this spring. "I tried to stay true to the themes, even if I changed certain characters and plotlines".
Attempting to stay true to the book while updating the technology, the director noted that the struggle to maintain fidelity to the classic nearly drove him to "give HBO their money back".
"Knowledge is unsafe. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. Sofia Boutella's resistance character Clarisse McClellan says the line, "We asked for this", which came straight from Bradbury, and Bahrani was able to find truth in that which he tied back to our modern age. How do you take Bradbury's themes - some were so prophetic - it wouldn't be hard to start to manipulate and control what's happening on the internet.
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"Between technological advancements and politics, I think Bradbury's biggest concern is now".
"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded.
"Bradbury said we asked for this".
Fahrenheit 451 doesn't have an official release date yet, but it's said to be dropping sometime in the U.S. spring, which should be around April or May.