The film debuts on HBO within the spring.
“Information is a harmful factor.”
So says Michael Shannon’s Beatty in an prolonged trailer for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 movie adaptation, which aired throughout the undertaking’s TV Critics’ Affiliation press tour panel. The brand new tackle Ray Bradbury’s seminal dystopian novel takes that theme of harmful data and updates it for the fashionable technological and political age.
Whereas the novel Fahrenheit 451 is ready within the unspecified future, Bradbury’s story could not have anticipated the methods expertise would have superior 65 years after its 1953 publication. When director Ramin Bahrani took to adapt the story, his first large problem to modernize it was to determine tips on how to make it nonetheless related in a time when the entire world’s books can exist on the Web on our smartphones.
“Once you do an adaptation, you are going to change issues,” Bahrani stated. “I attempted to remain true to the themes, even when I modified sure characters and plotlines. To take them and modernize them. It wasn’t straightforward.”
Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a dystopian actuality set in a future America the place books have been outlawed, and it is the job of “firemen” to burn any books they uncover. The story is informed by the eyes of firefighter Man Montag, performed on this new HBO film by Michael B. Jordan. Within the movie, Man not solely is liable for burning books, but in addition shutting down the individuals resisting the anti-knowledge authorities by importing books to the Web. Bahrani conceptualized this new tackle the futuristic society by imagining that “it would not be very onerous to begin to manipulate and management what’s on the Web if issues obtained extra centralized.”
“It is not simply books. Tradition is within the means of being eroded within the movie,” he added.
Bahrani’s research of Bradbury’s works led him to play with Bradbury’s considerations about “mass leisure” and “reader’s digests” main us away from a extra mental society. To Bahrani’s thoughts, these considerations have actualized with the rise of social media and wikis and peoples’ inclinations to simply learn headlines as an alternative of full articles. Sofia Boutella’s resistance character Clarisse McClellan says the road, “We requested for this,” which got here straight from Bradbury, and Bahrani was capable of finding reality in that which he tied again to our fashionable age.
“We’relectingng to provide all of it away to [phones],” the director stated. “The pace at which [technology] is advancing, maybe exponentially — I’m involved, are we going to have the ability to get forward of the dam?”
Within the footage from the brand new film, which debuts this spring on HBO, Shannon’s character Beatty — the film’s villain as Jordan’s Man Montag involves facet with the pro-knowledge resistance — says harrowing strains that stay simply as resonant and terrifying in right now’s world as they’d have been when Fahrenheit 451 was revealed in 1953.
“We’re not born equal, we have to be made equal by the hearth, after which we could be completely satisfied,” Beatty says in a single scene. In one other, “Who is aware of who may be the goal of the well-read individual.” His warning? The one factor contained inside books is “madness.”
Whereas Bahrani quips that he is baffled studio paid him cash “to have Michael B. Jordan learn Dostoyevsky and Kafta on the bathroom,” he sees clearly how this modernized tackle Fahrenheit 451 is related in right now’s world.
“I believe it is fairly apparent, proper?” he stated with fun. “We began engaged on this a 12 months earlier than the election. Politically, issues are moving into a really unusual path by way of what’s actual and what’s not actual — and I believe it has been moving into that path for a very long time. It’s simply now type of being revealed to us extra clearly. So I believe from a excessive stage, that’s an issue.”
Fahrenheit 451 will air within the spring on HBO, although it doesn’t but have a set launch date.
Terri Schwartz is Editorial Supervisor of Leisure at IGN. Discuss to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.