HBO developing new Fahrenheit 451 film adaptation

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Apr 14, 2016, 11:35 AM EDT

The sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451 is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a development deal at HBO that has attracted a buzzy indie director to the project.

Deadline reports Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) has signed on to direct the adaptation, with Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen attached to produce. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been decades since we got a proper film adaptation of the dystopian story. The last one was in 1966 from director François Truffaut, and that has been followed up by various stage and radio productions. A new film version has been in the works for years, with Frank Darabont previously attached at one point.

In case you didn’t read the 1953 classic in high school, here’s the gist: The story is set in a world where books have been outlawed. The story follows Guy Montag, a “fireman” whose job is to torch banned books. But he beings to question his mission (and the society itself) after meeting an unusual young woman named Clarisse.

Fahrenheit 451 is a heavy project to tackle, but HBO seems like the perfect place for it to set up shop. Decades old or not, the story itself is only getting more relevant. 

Do you think the world needs a new version? Is the time finally right?

(Via Deadline)