Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon Set For HBO’s Fahrenheit 451

04/20/2017

HBO has put a film adaptation of the novel “Fahrenheit 451” into development, Variety has learned. Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are attached to star.

 

Almost exactly a year ago, we got word that director Ramin Bahrani would be helming and co-writing the project for HBO. Now we're finding out he'll be joined by his 99 Homes star, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, as well as Creed star Michael B. Jordan. Jordan will play Guy Montag, a “fireman” who questions his book burning career after stealing and reading one of the forbidden tomes. Shannon will portray Beatty, Montag’s fire captain and advisor, who attempts to persuade Montag to accept the wisdom of book burning in an era dominated by censorship and war.

The dystopian novel, originally published in 1953, depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books. Here is the official novel description: “Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

“When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.”

Jordan will also serve as an executive producer alongside Sarah Green, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Ramin Bahrani. Bahrani will direct the project and is co-writing with Amir Naderi.

Since his breakout role as Apollo Creed’s son in Creed, Jordan became attached to star in a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair at MGM, and he’s currently shooting Marvel’s Black Panther. Recently, Jordan was rumored to be in consideration for the lead role in the possible The Matrix relaunch.

Shannon, who starred in 99 Homes and earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, also came off an Oscar-nominated turn in Nocturnal Animals.