Knowledge Is the Enemy in First Trailer for HBO's New 'Fahrenheit 451' Movie
We'll bring this up every time HBO's Fahrenheit 451 movie comes up, but a TV movie adaptation of a book where everybody abandons books for TV is interesting in perhaps some not-so-good ways.
But if anyone can pull it off, it's HBO. And almost half a year since their last announcement about the movie, HBO has finally released a trailer for their adaptation of Ray Bradbury's iconic novel.
Starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Chronicle, most recently Killmonger in Black Panther) as the book-burning protagonist Guy Montag and Michael Shannon (Shape of Water, Man of Steel) as Fire Captain Beatty, the trailer shows some more modern additions like VR headsets that wouldn't have come up back in 1953 when the book was written. See it below:
For those not familiar with the story, Fahrenheit 451 follows the "fireman" Montag, whose job is now to start fires and burn books wherever they're found, now that books have become illegal and people have turned to more passive, visual media like giant TV screens to accommodate their lowered attention spans.
Montag naturally hates books, until he encounters a mysterious young woman (played by Sofia Boutella from The Mummy and Kingsman: The Secret Service) who sets him down a path where he starts to question whether he's doing the right thing, even as his no-nonsense boss Beatty assures him they're heroes for burning books.
The biggest concern here is how the trailer makes it look like an action movie, whereas Bradbury's book was much more melancholy in tone. Of course, trailers are always prone to misrepresenting the final product, so hopefully that's the case here, as turning Fahrenheit 451 into an action sci-fi movie would be underselling the emotional punches from the original story.
Fahrenheit 451 comes out Spring 2018 on HBO.