Fahrenheit 451 doesn't have an official release date yet, but it's said to be dropping sometime in the USA spring, which should be around April or May. The footage opens on a book (Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment) burning in the hands of an unseen individual. In a literal sense, the book is even more absurdly on-the-nose, given our commander-in-chief's notorious disdain for the written word and unhealthy obsession with his Fox and Friends echo chamber. But when Bradbury wrote his book it was set in the distant future; HBO's adaptation is set in "alternate tomorrow, right here right now", Bahrani warned. "How do you take Bradbury's themes - some were so prophetic - it wouldn't be hard to start to manipulate and control what's happening on the internet", he noted. Readers Digest, quick short soundbites, destroying the concept of reading, thinking and knowledge, he said. Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts in the comments!
"It was daunting to take on Bradbury because he's such a genius and a legend", said Bahrani. Bradbury says we've asked for this.
"We've turned it all over to Google, Facebook and the government".
"It is terrifying", he said.
Fahrenheit 451 is an HBO Films presentation of a Noruz Films, Brace Cove, and Outlier Society production; executive producers, Ramin Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen; David Coatsworth produces. The cast also includes Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh. We're very excited about this one, so stay tuned for many further updates as we get closer to the film's arrival (in the meantime, I suggest checking out Bahrani's incredible 99 Homes, which also stars Michael Shannon).
One critic wanted to know how he decided which books to burn in those sequences, and if he picked books that meant a lot to him, entirely missing the point of the novel and of Bahrani. "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".