Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel FAHRENHEIT 451 is getting the Hollywood treatment once again. It’s been about 50 years since the book has been turned into a feature, and to be honest, it’s quite overdue.
According to TheWrap, Ramin Bahrani, who co-wrote and directed 2014’s 99 HOMES, is set to write and direct the movie for HBO Films. There is no word on whether or not this film will receive a theatrical release. For the most part, HBO Films keeps their movies to their cable network, but every so often, they partner with a distributor to get their films out on the big screen. Such films have included the ENTOURAGE movie, and the more recent MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2. It’ll all likely depend on the budget and scope of the picture, so we’ll have to wait and see.
For those who didn’t pick up the book in high school, here is the synopsis of the story from Amazon:
“Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television â€œfamily.â€ But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didnâ€™t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.”
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