HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 is “modernised and dark”

Michael Shannon speaks up about the upcoming TV film. 

HBO's upcoming version of Fahrenheit 451 is more modernised than the novel, star Michael Shannon has said.

In an interview about the TV film, Shannon said that it would attempt to strike a tone that would appeal to modern audiences.

“It seems like a good time to revisit the material. Ramin's definitely pumped it up a bit, modernized it. It's pretty gritty and dark, not quite as pristine as the Truffaut version. And he really focuses on the relationship between Montag and Beatty… It's something that I think Ramin revisits a lot even though He's obviously very socially conscious in telling these kinds of stories about the world he revisits this relationship.”

Fahrenheit 451 is an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi novel and is due to star Shannon and Michael B. Jordan (Creed) in the lead roles. Andrew Garfield will also appear in the film. 

The film imagines a world where books are outlawed and burned by ‘firemen' - one of which becomes disillusioned with the act and joins a resistance group who share the world's literary works. 

Jordan will play the lead character, Montag, who discovers the underground resistance. Shannon will be taking the role of the sinister Captain Beatty, who oversees the book burnings. 

Not much information about the project has been released so far apart from an image that sees Shannon and Jordan in action with a flamethrower.

The film has been written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price, 99 Homes), with it expanding on the universe of the original novel in much the same way as The Handmaid's Tale, another dystopian classic.

A release date for the film has yet to be announced, though it is expected to drop at some point in 2018.

Source: Screen Rant

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