HBO Films has tapped Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) to write, direct and executive produce a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1966 literary classic “Fahrenheit 451.”
For those of you who do not know the classic Ray Bradbury novel, the plotline follows Guy Montag, a fireman, but the duty of a fireman is not what we know in the present. Per the book’s description-
In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put 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.
Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen are executive producing alongside Bahrani.
Deadline reports that this new deal will HBO “gives new life to a property that languished at Warner Bros for over a decade, with top talent like Frank Darabont and Mel Gibson stepping in and out along the way.”
The films previous version has been screened many times over and in this writer’s case, screened for their Dystopian Lit class in college. Check out a scene from the film below, and let us know what you think of HBO taking up the temperature in which a page burns!