Oh, Fahrenheit 451. A dystopian novel that’s as American as apple pie. If you grew up in the States, there’s a good chance you were (at least theoretically) required to read this book in high school. It introduced readers to a world where censorship is the norm, and it did so from the perspective of a grunt who carries out said censorship, only to turn on the system later.
This is a timeless story, and one that can be dropped into pretty much any decade since its release and still be seen as relevant. HBO is set to release their own film adaptation of the story. It’s directed by Ramin Bahrani, and stars Michael B. Jordan in the leading role as Guy Montag. Michael Shannon plays Beatty, Montag’s firemen captain, and Sofia Boutella plays Clarisse.
Speaking at the TCA, Bahrani discussed the great pressure there was in adapting this book.
“It was daunting to take on Bradbury because he’s such a genius and a legend. Me and so many people love his work. When you do an adaptation, you’re going to change things. I knew I would upset somebody. I tried to stay true to the themes, even if I changed certain characters and plotlines. To take them and modernize them. It wasn’t easy.”
The official synopsis for Fahrenheit 451 is below:
“HBO Films presents Fahrenheit 451. In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society. Starring Michael B. Jordan, and Michael Shannon. Coming Soon.”
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SOURCE: HBO, THR