Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

'Fahrenheit 451' Starring Michael B Jordan, Michael Shannon Debuts a Teaser Trailer

'Fahrenheit 451' Starring Michael B Jordan, Michael Shannon Debuts a Teaser Trailer

Directed by Ramin Bahrani ("99 Homes") and written by Bahrani & Amir Naderi ("Vegas: Based on a True Story"), the film is based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and "firemen" burn books.

For the Michael B. Jordan-Michael Shannon project, which is set in a society where books are illegal and are burned if discovered, the filmmakers burned actual, real books.

"I don't want to focus so much on [Trump] because I don't want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior to that". Between the technological advancements in the last 20 years and politics, Bradbury's biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now.

Ray Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451" is about to burst into flame via an upcoming HBO movie, and the network released its first teaser on Thursday.

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"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded.

"It was daunting to take on Bradbury because he's such a genius and a legend", said Bahrani.

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. "[The film] is not set in the distant future, like Bradbury's novel, but an alternate tomorrow where technology is here right now - like Amazon's Alexa", he said. There was no reason to put it in the future; it's just [set in] a unusual tomorrow. Bahrani conceptualized this new take on the futuristic society by imagining that "it wouldn't be very hard to start to manipulate and control what is on the Internet if things got more centralized". He thought all that was going to destroy concepts of reading, thinking, knowledge. [We] get into tweets and Wiki entries, which are shorter versions of Reader's Digest.

In a new teaser for Fahrenheit 451 which debuts on HBO this spring, we see a copy of Crime and Punishment set on fire atop a pile of books that also includes titles like Lolita and Things Fall Apart.

"We are not born equal, we must be made equal by the fire, and then we can be happy", Beatty says in one scene.

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