Based on the classic tale by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in the future where all books are burned
Fahrenheit 451 was Ray Bradbury’s most successful book which was published in 1953. The bleak story is set in the future where literature is banned. Because of this lack of written evidence, the history can be rewritten to suit those in charge.
In this tale are the firemen, a company of men whose sole job is to burn any books they find. One of the firemen in the book explains the title,
“Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns…”
One of these firemen, Montag, meets a young girl who asks’s him if he’s ever read any of the books before they are burnt. Montag starts to secretly collect and read books and soon joins a resistance movement to fight and stop the censorship.
The book was adapted into a film starring Julie Christie in 1966. In 2010 Mel Gibson bought the film rights for another adaptation although nothing ever came of it.
Now HBO Films has adapted the story for themselves. Montag will be played by Michael B. Jordan with Michael Shannon as Beatty, the fire captain.
The film will debut exclusively in the spring on HBO.