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Michael B. Jordan in HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451,' based on the novel by Ray Bradbury

Michael B. Jordan in HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451,' based on the novel by Ray

Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi are adapting Bradbury's book, and Bahrani will direct.

"I don't want to focus so much on [Trump] because I don't want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior to that".

They're gone, Bahrani said when asked where are the checks and balances.

"We are electing this thing in my pocket", Bahrani said, pulling out his smartphone.

Unfortunately, Fahrenheit 451 feels more relevant today than anyone probably would've guessed upon publication. "The speed at which [technology] is advancing, perhaps exponentially - I am concerned, are we going to be able to get ahead of the dam?"

"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.

But tweets and wiki entries are even shorter version of Readers Digest, and "We are all guilty of reading only headlines", he told the mostly online press in the hall. HBO veteran Michael Shannon will play Captain Beatty, Montag's commanding officer at the fire department.The Mummy's Sofia Boutella has joined the cast as Clarisse McClellan (via THR). "[The film] is not set in the distant future, like Bradbury's novel, but an alternate tomorrow where technology is here right now - like Amazon's Alexa", he said.

"Knowledge is risky. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. This exists now. All your drives could be stored 100-fold in DNA. How do you take Bradbury's themes - some were so prophetic - it wouldn't be hard to start to manipulate and control what's happening on the internet. That goes to what one of the things I think is different between Bradbury's novel and 1984.

Writer Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451, brings to life a dystopian American society where history is being rewritten and television reigns supreme, while literature is being forced to the brink of extinction by "firemen" tasked with burning books.

"We are not born equal, we must be made equal by the fire, and then we can be happy", Beatty says in one scene.

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