When Ray Bradbury wrote and released Fahrenheit 451 in the 1950s, he couldn’t have imagined how the Internet would transform how we access information. Now that we live in an era where the death of print media is a legitimate possibility, it’s the perfect time for a 21st Century adaptions, one that updates the context while conveying the important themes that remain universal—and incredibly timely.
Yesterday brought the first trailer for HBO’s upcoming Fahrenheit 451—and it’s hot! Have a look-see:
Official Synopsis: In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society.
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Per The Verge:
There’s no specific release date yet for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel about a future dystopia where books are illegal, and “firemen” are special operatives who find them and burn them. But the network has just released the first full trailer for the film. With Black Panther still setting box office records, the timing is just right: Fahrenheit 451 stars Michael B. Jordan, currently on-screen as Black Panther’s memorable, celebrated villain Erik Killmonger, and his role in the new film channels a similar mesmerizing ferocity and idealism. Jordan plays protagonist Guy Montag, a dedicated fireman who begins to have doubts about his profession, and about the government that has outlawed books as inherently dangerous because they preserve and communicate ideas.
Fahrenheit 451 is directed by Ramin Bahrani; in addition to Jordan, the film stars Sofia Boutella, Michael Shannon, and Keir Dullea.
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