Every major movie or TV company seems to be jumping into the studio game these days. First it was Netflix, then Amazon, Hulu and now HBO, the brand known for Game of Thrones. HBO’s first major production is an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, and it’s directed by Ramin Bahrani and stars quite a good cast in Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Boutella.
This film sounds incredibly interesting. The story is set in a dystopian future and follows Guy Montag, whose job is to burn books, artwork and other freedom of expression from the past, until one day he decided to change his mind.
Until the first look images arrived for this film, I had never heard of the property. I did a littler research and came to learn that the novel is highly regarded, and quite possibly I should look out for myself on bookshelves, or audiobook I should say. I saw the teaser last week and while it didn’t reveal a whole lot, these new images do. By the stills alone, the look and tone of the film comes through very nicely.
Michael B. Jordan plays Montag, a “fireman” who has abandoned the world he lives in, trying to regain the humanity he once had. Montag is at a constant pull against his mentor and fireman captain, Beatty (Michael Shannon). Sofia Boutella stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the bashing interests of Montag and Beatty.
As I said above, this film sounds, and looks, incredibly interesting. This isn’t the first time Fahrenheit 451 has had an adaptation, and while those versions are loved for what they are, the property is definitely ready for a modern day telling. No official release date has been announced, but Fahrenheit 451 is expected to be released on HBO this Spring.