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Fahrenheit 451

HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Adaptation Is Burning Books

Did you know HBO is adapting Ray Bradbury’s infamous 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451? If you didn’t know, now you do, and if you did, that’s cool. Turns out, to make the adaptation, the production team had to burn some books. Several hundred, actually.


“Sadly, we had to burn several hundred books,” said Ramin Bahrani, writer, director, and executive producer of the made-for-TV film. “They were real books; there was no way around [burning them]. We had to do it for the film.”


Bahrani, an Iranian-American, put a lot of thought into the scenes where Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon burn books to censor information from the American public. “I grew up speaking and reading Persian before English, and I think a lot of people read and speak various languages,” he said. “We live in a world where people are intersecting language and cultures on a daily basis. If the firemen control things, they should control everything — not just books written by American men in English.”


According to the director, the most difficult part of the burning scenes wasn’t the selection of books or the pyrotechnics – it was the book covers. Bahrani says:


We had to design the covers for a lot of the books ourselves. That became a bizarre problem in pre-production. “We could get the rights to the books to burn them, but we could not get the rights to most of the covers, because they were very complex: There was an artist, there was a graphic designer, there was a typographer. Tracking all these things down proved impossible. It was an unexpected challenge because we were so busy, we ended up having to hire two new designers for the art department just so that they could focus on making all these books.


Some of the books shown include Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. In HBO’s adaptation, the firemen of the militaristic police state also burn music and computer servers. They limit access to all information, not just written word, a departure from the original storyline, however the inclusion of alternate sources of information makes the story more relevant for today.


“I thought it would be a chance to modernize and re-imagine it for a world that includes the Internet and technology,” said Bahrani. “Because if I came to your home and burned all your physical books, I’m sure you would not be happy about it, but you could just download them again from the cloud.”


Despite my mouth dropping open, aghast, when I initially found out about the burning books, it seems as if the production tried to go about this as respectfully as possible. 


“Oddly, Bradbury [writes in ‘Fahrenheit 451’] about pages burning in a hypnotic or seductive way, how they curl up on each other,” says Bahrani. “But the only time this actually happened [during filming] was actually [Bradbury’s] ‘The Martian Chronicles.’ We were shooting a close-up of it burning and the page kept curling up, one page after the other. And it kept curling up by chance on the name ‘Bradbury’ over and over again, so we were filming his name burning one after another. It seemed like a good omen somehow, that he was watching over the shoot.”


Check out the teaser trailer for HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 below!




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New ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Trailer Features Michael B. Jordan and Flamethrowers

The trailer for HBO’s upcoming Fahrenheit 451 adaptation is here, and it’s lit. Starring Michael B. Jordan fresh off the success of Black Panther, and Michael Shannon fresh off the success of The Shape of Water, the straight-to-TV movie boasts a surprising amount of star power. Celebrated director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) wrote and directed the film, and it looks solid sci-fi and, of course, topical.


Jordan plays fireman Guy Montag and Shannon plays his boss, Captain Beatty. As firemen, they burn books. This policy is reflective of the society they live in, as people have become increasingly dependent on TV. Montag gradually becomes disenchanted with his role in perpetuating that sort of anti-intellectualism, which is the central conflict of the book. This is all for those who didn’t read the book in high school.


Bradbury’s book is a classic, and was previously adapted in 1966 by François Truffaut. Bahrani’s film looks like a modern sci-fi classic, rivalling the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! And while HBO is adapting classic works of sci-fi, how about showing Asimov and Heinlein some love? Check out Fahrenheit 451 on HBO this May, and watch the trailer here.



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Iowa Community Urges Library to Ban LGBTQ Books For “Pushing an Agenda”

Much controversy has arisen in Orange County, Iowa where more than 300 people have signed a petition to ban books with LGBTQ material in the Orange City Public Library. The issue arose when a complaint was made regarding the library stocking a book which featured such themes. However, this complaint was quickly rescinded when it began creating a stir within the community. 



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However, despite the complaint’s withdrawal, shortly thereafter fliers were sent throughout the town. The fliers read along the lines of, “…homosexual/transgender promoting materials…some aimed at pre-K kids, using your tax dollars!” They expressed a call to arms to attend the upcoming library board meeting to fight the library’s decision to showcase such books. The most prominent fighters in this rally are those of the Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church who believe that the books are “pushing an agenda” that goes against the Christian faith. 


In a world where censorship of ideas and facts is constantly being fought, to many, the last place something like this should occur is in the library. The library is a place to share and learn new information, not ban it. In spite of the different walks of life all humans may or may not come from, we must learn to walk side by side and discover new things about each other. Banning books that go against the grain of our own individual beliefs sounds like the makings of a good dystopian novel though, that’s for sure!


Library director Amanda Vasquez said “As a public library, we try to serve the needs of a diverse community.”


There are 168 books that feature LBGTQ content in the library’s total of 64,000 books. Whether or not to censor or section off these materials will be decided next month. 





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The First Teaser for HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is Here to Give Us One More Thing to Worry About

Let the hype commence for HBO’s upcoming movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, as the first teaser trailer has finally dropped. Bradbury’s book came out in 1953, but sixty-five years later, it is still supremely relevant. As fireman Guy Montag (played here by Michael B. Jordan) rides around setting books ablaze, Bradbury’s taking aim at many of our worse habits. What Fahrenheit 451 may deal with most is our obsession with new media, as we toss aside older cultural institutions like books.


The HBO series comes at a great time because even though Bradbury was more concerned about the then-growing obsession with television, we now have smartphones. Things have gotten so much worse. You are probably reading this, in fact, on your smartphone. I am writing this on a computer. Though Bradbury’s book was a stern warning against technological immediacy (i.e. thoughtless acceptance of visual stimuli, like ‘50s television, reddit, or Instagram), it seems as if it’s fallen on deaf ears. Hopefully Bahrani’s retelling will have some impact.


Watch the teaser below and check out some of the promotional pictures as well to get a look at Jordan’s Montag and Michael Shannon’s Captain Beatty. Most importantly, though, set aside a few hours to reread Bradbury’s book.



Fahrenheit 451 will come to HBO this spring.


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Michael Shannon as Captain Beatty. | Image Via HBO


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Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag. | Image Via HBO


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