Geekery: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Burns Up the Small Screen

HBO is releasing a new adaptation of the dystopian classic.

Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about dissent and censorship is widely regarded as one of his best works. In a future society firemen don’t put out fires, they start them. Books are banned, and routinely destroyed with flames. The story follows a fireman who begins to read in secret, and stumbles on an underground rebellion.

It’s been 52 years since François Truffaut tackled the book in a way only the 1960s could. The new adaptation is directed by Ramin Bahrani, and the cast is headed up by Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag and Michael Shannon as Beatty. It looks like it’s going to be intense.

A classic story, and two of my favorite actors at odds on screen? I’m in.

Fahrenheit 451 debuts on Netflix this May.

  • Billy Billstoner

    Hopefully they start with burning 40k 8th edition rules, books and FAQs … they are truly a crime!

    • NeinNeinNein

      Watch out with that edginess…

    • Ronin

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  • James

    Worried… the whole book hinges on how insidiously blase the people are to the degradation of knowledge around them- a good quarter of the book is set with Montag watching his wife shrivel away– the trailer lacks all the subtlety that makes the book so engaging!

  • euansmith

    Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, cool; though flipping the casting could have been even more interesting. Hopefully they will get all Paul Verhoeven on the text and satire the living fudge out of it.

  • Drpx

    This is going to miss the point of the book so hard.

  • Arthfael

    Granted, this opinion is just based on the trailer. But compared with Truffaut’s movie, this new version makes me feel like we’ll soon live not in Bradbury’s hard totalitarian future but in Huxley’s Brave New World’s hedonistic hell…

  • zioc

    burn it before it airs

  • Sleeplessknight

    Imagine this plot + Christian Bale + ridiculous Gun-fu = Equilibrium.

    • petrow84

      And Sean Bean dies in the first 5 minutes.

  • mafiacheese

    So is it going to be on Netflix or HBO this May?