Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon's FAHRENHEIT 451 Film Looks Terrifying

'Fahrenheit 451' Teaser Trailer: Ray Bradbury's Dystopian Future Is Coming to HBO

HBO's take on Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 will be different from the source material but will stay true to it thematically, co-writer, executive producer and director Ramin Bahrani told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon star in the HBO Films presentation - Jordan as fireman Montag, who forsakes his world and battles his mentor, Beatty (Shannon). 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.

Michael Shannon is playing Montag's fire chief Beatty, the villain of the story. If Trump had it his way, I'm sure he'd be quite alright burning every damn book there is-that is, with the exception of The Art of the Deal. See the fiery teaser above. And judging by the style of this teaser, burning books, and subsequently deciding not to burn books because censorship sucks, is going to look pretty badass.

Seeking to modernize the themes in Bradbury's 1953 novel - which revolve around the population's willing abandonment of knowledge - Bahrani said that where "Bradbury was concerned about mass entertainment and short sound bites", he is "with tweets and wiki entries". A menacing fireman in a black helmet holds a flamethrower.

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As usual, the Alternative Truth Project production of "Fahrenheit 451" will be a readers theater presentation, which means there will likely be no set decoration, props or costumes, and limited physical movement.

The movie script for "Fahrenheit 451" has something like stage directions, but it's more like narration, Cherne said.

The trailer itself doesn't actually feature any footage from the movie itself but does give us a great idea of what we can expect, with the trailer featuring the dark imagery of books and knowledge set aflame. YouTube star Lilly Singh plays a vlogger, so we know the internet exists in the movie's universe. To Bahrani's mind, those concerns have actualized with the rise of social media and wikis and peoples' inclinations to just read headlines instead of full articles. The glimmer of hope in the dystopian gloom is Guy Montag's dawning sense of curiosity, which causes him to push back against society's brainwashing.


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