HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Photo Shows the Dystopian Firemen Burning Books

Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 8:34PM
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 8:34PM
HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Photo Shows the Dystopian Firemen Burning Books
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First published way back in 1953, Ray Bradbury's iconic novel Fahrenheit 451 has always managed to stay relevant. Because at any given time in history, it always seems like somebody is trying to ban a book. 

And while a movie adaptation has only been attempted a couple of times - perhaps because the novel has a few choice words to say about simplifying books in that way - HBO is currently hoping they can use their relatively uncensored medium to do justice to Bradbury's story. There's no release date yet, but star Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) posted the first official photo from the project, showing himself and co-star Michael Shannon (Zod in Man of Steel) burning something offscreen with a massive flamethrower.

We may not be able to see what they're burning, but if you've read the book, you know it's almost certainly more books. Or, depending on the scene, the unfortunate owner of those books. That's left to the imagination here, but see the full photo below:

In this world, the firemen start fires! #Fahrenheit451 is coming to @HBO

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Jordan plays protagonist Guy Montag, a "fireman" in a dystopian future where books are illegal, and it's the job of firemen to start fires (instead of putting them out) whenever they get any reports that someone is illegally reading. Following his short-lived role as the Human Torch in Fant4stic, this is now his second fire-related role, and a significantly more interesting one.

Meanwhile, Shannon is playing Fire Captain Beatty, a fireman who sticks to his book-burning morals a little more closely than Montag, who starts questioning the ethics of his fire-starting job after he meets a mysterious woman named Clarisse, played by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond). Also starring is Laura Harrier from Spider-Man: Homecoming and YouTube star Lilly Singh, while Ramin Bahrani directs.

The previous attempt at a Fahrenheit 451 movie was directed by French New Wave filmmaker François Truffaut in 1966, and needless to say, this new version looks significantly different based on the image. This time around, Bahrani and HBO are creating what looks a more modern, sci-fi heavy adaptation - how much of the story they plan to "modernize" is unclear, because as mentioned earlier, the book's aged remarkably well. Even if we don't yet have rooms where every wall is an interactive TV screen, but that's probably not far off.

There's currently no release date for HBO's Fahrenheit 451. 

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