Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Will Stay True to Ray Bradbury's Central Themes

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'Fahrenheit 451' Courtesy of HBO 'Fahrenheit 451'
Kayla Schwartz | 13 January, 2018, 07:44

As a very sickly child who spent huge swathes of his formative year bedridden, books were my first and most cherished form of escape, and so to me few things could be as horrific as the world presented in Ray Bradbury's classic 1953 novel about a dystopian future in which media is so tightly controlled by the government that teams of "firemen" are sent out to burn any books they find so as to keep the population uninformed about history, which is outlawed. "We're electing to give it all away to this" he said, holding up the phone. "I think we've been going in that direction for a long time, it's just now kind of being revealed to us more clearly".

While Bahrani quips that he's baffled that a studio paid him money "to have Michael B. Jordan read Dostoyevsky and Kafta on the toilet", he sees clearly how this modernized take on Fahrenheit 451 is relevant in today's world.

"Between technological advancements and politics, I think Bradbury's biggest concern is now". "Bradbury was concerned about mass entertainment - Reader's Digest, short soundbites". He thought all that would destroy concepts of thinking, reading and knowledge.

But Bahrani wasn't ready to lay all the blame on the current president, adding that we as a culture have become beholden to technology and having information at our fingertips.

"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?" "We've willingly given it up".

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"I really wanted to burn Ferdowsi, it's an Iranian epic poem, I really wanted to burn that", Bahrani said.

"It is terrifying", he said.

"Jordan ("Black Panther", "Creed", "Fruitvale Station") and Michael Shannon ("The Shape of Water", HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"; Oscar® nominee for "Nocturnal Anmals" and Revolutionary Road") star in HBO Films' FAHRENHEIT 451. The cast also includes Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh. In addition to Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen exec produce; David Coatsworth produces.

HBO's take on Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 will be different from the source material but will stay true to it thematically, co-writer, executive producer and director Ramin Bahrani told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "If we're going to save White Heat we should have to save Mein Kampf, right?"

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