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Fahrenheit 451

With news items pertaining to an increasing number of Americans thinking a college education is a waste of money, it’s hard to think a more prescient film currently in development than Fahrenheit 451. The new HBO movie is based on the classic dystopian novel written by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury in 1953 about a world where firemen don’t put out fires, they start them, burning all the books responsible for subversive thoughts that undermine the state, which is all of them by the way. Now, a new image shows firemen Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in action. (more…)

It seems like something that you would only read when forced to for high school English class, but can you think of a better book-to-screen adaptation worth doing right now than Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451? Okay, so George Orwell’s 1984 might make the first round draft pick, but Fahrenheit would definitely make the top three. Bradbury’s warning about the crush of culture, the dangers of distraction, and the attack on the importance of being well-informed is chock full of very ripe thematic material, which is probably why HBO has now got a lock on a new adaptation featuring a pair of very talented actors in the main roles.  (more…)

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