TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 12, 2018
In a ironic stroke of genius, the future is bright for dystopian future adaptations. Following the rousing success of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu, HBO is getting in on the action with a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451. Directed by 99 Homes helmer Ramin Bahrani, this looks to be a one-off film rather than a series or mini-series.
The film boasts an impressive cast starting with Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag, the "hero" of the story who works as a fireman, a government official tasked with burning books. His world is turned upside down when he meets a teenager named Clarisse—played by the decidedly not teen-aged Atomic Blonde's Sofia Boutella—who makes Guy question everything he knows about society. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with his boss and mentor Captain Beatty (Michael Shannon).
The teaser is nothing but some books being burned, but the producers wisely used real books to drive home just how awful the story's premise is. It's a chilling reminder that we're nowhere near evolved enough as a society to put this kind of thing behind us. If you've never read the book, I highly recommend it. Or you could wait for the HBO adaptation, due out sometime this Spring.