While companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have begun competing one another in terms of creating original content, including movies and television shows, HBO has recently announced it’s own high-profile TV movie, a Fahrenheit 451 film. The Fahrenheit 451 film, based off the famed novel by Ray Bradbury, was recently announced to star some of the film’s industries bigger names in Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.
Michael B. Jordan, known for his roles in Creed, Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four, and Chronicle, will play the film’s lead in Montag. Opposite of Jordan, Michael Shannon, known for his role as General Zod in Man of Steel and his recent involvement in Nocturnal Animals, is set to play Montag’s fireman captain and mentor. On top of playing the lead role, it has been reported Jordan will also serve as one of the film’s executive producers.
Although Fahrenheit 451 has been adapted to both a film (1966) and stage play, an adaptation in one form or another has not been made since the play was developed in 1979. Although the project was announced a year ago, it is reported HBO is very close to announcing an official release date for the film.
For those unfamiliar with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the novel’s synopsis is as follows:
Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag’s wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government’s motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured.
Source: Hollywood Reporter