The movie is directed by Ramin Bahrani of 99 Homes fame. "Because I don't want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior that that", Bahrani insisted.
"When you do an adaptation, you're going to change things", Bahrani said. Also, "we are electing again this thing in my pocket", he said, pulling out his smartphone. Check out the Fahrenheit 451 teaser below!
"Between the technological advancements in last 20 years and politics, I think Bradbury's biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now... and the speed at which this is advancing is exponential".
"Bradbury's novel was set in the future where he was predicting having screens on the wall that you could interact with", Bahrani told the Reporter. Read on to find out more.
Fahrenheit 451 is an HBO Films presentation of a Noruz Films, Brace Cove, and Outlier Society production; executive producers, Ramin Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen; David Coatsworth produces. Social media and supercomputers like my phone are real now. "One of the things in the film is storing knowledge, books in DNA". There was no reason to put it in the future; it's just [set in] a unusual tomorrow.
"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.
"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded.
"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?" In the movie, it's Sofia's character who says that to Michael.
In the footage from the new movie, which debuts this spring on HBO, Shannon's character Beatty - the movie's villain as Jordan's Guy Montag comes to side with the pro-knowledge resistance - says harrowing lines that remain just as resonant and terrifying in today's world as they would have been when Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953.