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HBO Films Shares Trailer For FARENHEIT 451
13 January 2018, 11:15 | Randall Craig
How Michael B. Jordan-Starring Fahrenheit 451 Adaptation Is Updated for the Modern Day
For those of you who've not read the Bradbury book on which Bahrani's film is based, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where media is tightly controlled by the government. The footage opens on a book (Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment) burning in the hands of an unseen individual.
While the whole book-burning conceit might seem quaint today, because you can always read them on your "super computer in your pocket, Bahrani said, Bradbury's prophetic themes are, more relevant today".
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"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?"
"It was daunting to take on Bradbury because he's such a genius and a legend", said Bahrani. "We decided we don't want to have any part in that", he warned.
Jordan, Sofia Boutella, and Michael Shannon, the film focuses on a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Jordan portrays lead character Montag, a young fireman who "forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon", HBO announced in a press release. The cast also includes Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh.
Bahrani, who co-wrote the telepic alongside Amir Naderi and reteams with Shannon after he starred in their feature 99 Homes, confessed that he told his agent at one point that he should call HBO and refund the network's money because he felt that he couldn't finish the script. In addition to Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen exec produce; David Coatsworth produces.
"We should not distinguish between good and bad books", he criticized. "I think we've been going in that direction for a long time, it's just now kind of being revealed to us more clearly".