HBO announced this week that it will be adapting Fahrenheit 451, a Ray Bradbury classic about a future dystopia where history is outlawed and books are burned by “firemen.” How apt that we’re getting this now when it feels as though literacy has taken a nose dive for the worse here in the States?
According to Variety, Fahrenheit 451 is heading into into development with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon attached to star.
The book Fahrenheit 451 is considered a masterwork of twentieth-century literature. Set in a bleak, dystopian future, television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction. The story follows Guy Montag, a “fireman” who starts fires rather than puts them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Jordan will play Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity. Shannon will play Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor.
Jordan will also serve as an executive producer on the project through his company Outlier Productions. Other exec producers include Sarah Green of Brace Cove Productions, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Noruz Films’ Ramin Bahrani, who is co-writing with Amir Naderi. David Coatsworth is a producer.