Fahrenheit 451 Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon


Although dystopian science-fiction stories have continued to be fairly prevalent on the big and small screen over the past decade or so, they do not appear to be going away anytime soon. This year HBO is bringing out a new adaptation of one of the classics of the genre, Ray Bradbury’s 1953 book Fahrenheit 451, which takes place in a future where firemen burn books in order to censor dangerous ideas and knowledge. The first trailer has arrived online just in time to piggyback on the success of Black Panther and one of its stars, Michael B. Jordan. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), this new version also co-stars Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh and surprisingly it is not a TV series but rather a feature-length movie. Fahrenheit 451 arrives on HBO in May; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Henrik

    Looks supercool. Great actors.

  • pcch7

    Doesn’t look any special to me but the cast gives me hope

  • Gerry

    Ramin Bahrani directed 99 Homes brilliantly so that’s a great indiçator for the quality of this film.

  • Corey Pierce

    This is great news for lazy 9th grade English students.

  • Lior

    Question is, how relevant is the story in this technological age, or more interestingly, how effective is it for Millennials who grew up with the internet. We live in a world where physical books are not the main source of information anymore. You can go ahead and burn books but that will not quench knowledge. It’s not clear from the teaser how they are approaching this, but it seems to me it would be more effective, if you’re bothering to remake this at all, to update it to the internet age.

    What’s the temperature for burning a server?

  • Lori Cerny

    The premise is still relevant because it is not about the physical medium itself, books, but about an idea being extant and spreading despite censorship and government interference.

  • Lior

    The premise is still very much relevant, of course, I was just wondering if the tool the story is using, i.e, burning up of books, is relevant to a generation growing up in an age of abundant information not restricted to said physical books, and if a modern remake would not have been a good opportunity to tell the same story by describing a future world where the freedom of the Internet is threatened, which is a real possibility that is troubling quite a few people.
    I feel I should say I did not read the original novel or watched the movie by Truffaut. I only know the premise and the teaser seems to show they are remaking the same idea. Is this going to be a TV movie or theatrical one?

  • Sean

    It’s an HBO TV movie.

  • Tommy

    Looks pretty effin’ bland. Remember the first film had only spoken opening credits to fit the world. I don’t see anything approaching that chutzpah in this.