Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

HBO's new teaser for 'Fahrenheit 451' movie blazes to life

HBO's new teaser for 'Fahrenheit 451' movie blazes to life

Take the first trailer for HBO's Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, for instance, which might send some uncomfortable chills down your spine. The new take on Ray Bradbury's seminal dystopian novel takes that theme of risky knowledge and updates it for the modern technological and political age.

The Plot and Characters: Fahrenheit 451 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.

Bahrani, who co-wrote the telepic alongside Amir Naderi and reteams with Shannon after he starred in their feature 99 Homes, confessed that he told his agent at one point that he should call HBO and refund the network's money because he felt that he couldn't finish the script.

"Politically things are going in a very unusual direction in terms of what is real and what is not real", he continued. "I tried to stay true to the themes, even if I changed certain characters and plotlines". To take them and modernize them.

Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 is a classic piece of literature that has stood the test of time.

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Michael Shannon is playing Montag's fire chief Beatty, the villain of the story. "What is still in the future, I hope, is this attitude toward knowledge and books and the total absorption of people in their screens and the authoritarian militaristic nature of the state".

"It's not just books". I don't want us to forget what Bradbury said - that we asked for this. "We're electing to give it all away to this" he said, holding up the phone. Between the technological advancements in the last 20 years and politics, Bradbury's biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now.

"I have always loved Ray Bradbury's prophetic novel Fahrenheit 451", said Bahrani.

"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?" His warning? The only thing contained within books is "insanity". Montag's own increasingly subversive activities put him in conflict with his supervisor Beatty (Shannon).

"I think it's pretty obvious, right?"

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