Adele set fire to the rain and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) sets fire to some books in the newest trailer for the modern remake of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 by HBO. Set in a dystopian future, the book tells the story of a fireman, Guy Montag, whose job is to start fires instead of putting them out, pumping gasoline out of a hose instead of water.
In this world, knowledge is shunned and all books must be burned. During the plot, Montag becomes disillusioned with his vocation and joins a resistance orginization devoted to protecting books and learning from them.
The HBO adaptation (arriving in May) stars Jordan as Montag and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) as his superior Captain Beatty. It was directed by American-Persian director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and co-stars Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), YouTuber Lilly Singh, Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Martin Donovan (Legends of Tomorrow).
"Have you ever seen a physical book before? Do you wanna know what's inside?" asks Shannon's Beatty in the haunting trailer. "Insanity. Chaos. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The news, facts, memoirs, Internet of old."
Obviously, this is an updated version of the book with terms like "Internet," as the novel was first published in 1953. The mention of "news" and "facts" is no doubt an overt commentary on the current political climate and the usage of the term "fake news."
While Bradbury's original work has been adapted several times for the screen, stage, one unauthorized TV show, and a graphic novel, the most famous adaptation is perhaps that of famed French director François Truffaut (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) in 1966.