Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' will be your next dystopic distraction

HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' will be your next dystopic distraction

We could make any number of fire-based puns to usher in the intense first teaser for HBO's upcoming Fahrenheit 451 film, like "it's going to be lit", or "things are really heating up", but we'll keep it simple and say that it'll undoubtedly ignite your excitement.

Premiering in the spring, Bahrani's adaptation of Bradbury's cnovel, depicts a time in which media is an opiate, history is outlawed and firemen are the people who burn books. Sofia Boutella will also star as Clarisse, an informant "caught between the competing interests", and Lilly Singh will play Raven, "a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry's propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans".

The only previous attempt to bring Bradbury's classic to the silver was the critically acclaimed 1966 movie of the same name directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. "The speed at which [technology] is advancing, perhaps exponentially - I am concerned, are we going to be able to get ahead of the dam?"

"We are electing this thing in my pocket", Bahrani said, pulling out his smartphone. Between the technological advancements in the last 20 years and politics, Bradbury's biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now.

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While the novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in the unspecified future, Bradbury's story couldn't have anticipated the ways technology would have advanced 65 years after its 1953 publication. This exists now. All your drives could be stored 100-fold in DNA.

"It's not hard to control what is on the internet given that things are so centralized", he said. Readers Digest, quick short soundbites, destroying the concept of reading, thinking and knowledge, he said. [We] get into tweets and Wiki entries, which are shorter versions of Reader's Digest. That goes to what one of the things I think is different between Bradbury's novel and 1984.

"Bradbury said we asked for this".

Fahrenheit 451 doesn't have an official release date yet, but it's said to be dropping sometime in the United States spring, which should be around April or May.

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