Hollywood's been trying to get a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 off the ground for decades now, but now it appears that HBO will be the first to pull the trigger...and they've lined up one helluva team to make it happen.
Per the Hollywood Reporter:
"The cabler is developing an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon attached to star...
The drama is based on Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel, which depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and "firemen" burn books and revolves around Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity."
Jordan will take on the Montag role in the film, while Shannon will play his mentor. That alone is pretty exciting, but there's more: the adaptation will reunite Shannon with the director of 99 Homes, Ramin Bahrani, who will also co-write with Amir Naderi.
So you've got a classic novel being adapted by two powerhouse writers, a proven director at the helm and a cast headlined by two of the best actors currently working in Hollywood. And it's headed for HBO, so we can probably assume it'll arrive without having been studio note'd to death. Folks, if this is reason to get excited, I don't know what is.
There's nothing further to report at this time, but - speaking as Birth.Movies.Death.'s official Michael Shannon correspondent - I guarantee we will keep our ear to the ground, and will hit you with updates as they roll in. We are hyped about this one.