HBO drops new teaser for its Fahrenheit 451 adaptation

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2018

"Jordan ("Black Panther", "Creed", "Fruitvale Station") and Michael Shannon ("The Shape of Water", HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"; Oscar® nominee for "Nocturnal Anmals" and Revolutionary Road") star in HBO Films' FAHRENHEIT 451. Jordan is set to play Guy Montag, a fireman who is content with his life until he meets a spirited woman named Clarisse, set to be played by Kingsman actress Sofie Boutella.

The only previous attempt to bring Bradbury's classic to the silver was the critically acclaimed 1966 movie of the same name directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack.

"I don't want to focus so much on [President Donald Trump] because I don't want to excuse the 30 to 40 years prior to that; he's just an exaggeration of it now", he said.

Seeking to modernize the themes in Bradbury's 1953 novel - which revolve around the population's willing abandonment of knowledge - Bahrani said that where "Bradbury was concerned about mass entertainment and short sound bites", he is "with tweets and wiki entries". We elected [politicians] over many decades, we're electing this thing in my pocket [pulls out his cellphone].

"Between technological advancements and politics, I think Bradbury's biggest concern is now".

While the novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in the unspecified future, Bradbury's story couldn't have anticipated the ways technology would have advanced 65 years after its 1953 publication.

"Knowledge is risky. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. This exists now. All your drives could be stored 100-fold in DNA. 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. "He was anxious about reader's digest, he was concerned about quick short soundbites". Readers Digest, quick short soundbites, destroying the concept of reading, thinking and knowledge, he said.

"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded.

"We are not born equal, we must be made equal by the fire, and then we can be happy", Beatty says in one scene. In the movie, it's Sofia's character who says that to Michael.

The film does not have a release date yet but is expected to debut in spring.

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