According to Variety, HBO has secured actors Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) to headline their telemovie adaptation of the Ray Bradbury science fiction classic, Fahrenheit 451. This adaptation of the novel will be executive produced by Jordan, Sarah Green, Peter Jaysen, Alan Gesmer, and Ramin Bahrani. The latter, who most recently directed 99 Homes, will helm the project and has co-written this adaptation with Amir Naderi (The Runner).
Michael B. Jordan will take on the role of protagonist Guy Montag, the young “fireman” who turns his back on his profession and his mentor as he attempts to reclaim his lost humanity. Michael Shannon will play said mentor, Captain Beatty. For those not familiar with the source material, a “fireman” in this context is not a person who braves destructive fires to save the lives and property of others. Instead, in the world of Fahrenheit 451, a fireman is an agent tasked with burning books.
The novel has been adapted to all kinds of formats over the years, from comic books to plays to video games. Francois Truffaut’s 1966 film adaptation probably remains the most well-known to date. Over the years, many others have attempted to re-adpt the novel to film, with director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and actor Tom Hanks most famously unable to get a version off the ground about a decade or so back. While I’m sure they would have crafted a worthwhile feature, the line-up on this particular iteration is very talented and I’m excited to see what they come up with. Here’s hoping we get more information on it in the coming months.