HBO's new teaser for 'Fahrenheit 451' movie blazes to life

HBO's new teaser for 'Fahrenheit 451' movie blazes to life

Sofia Boutella stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.

As has become the norm with creators telling post-apocalyptic or sci-fi stories these days, the man behind HBO's new take on FAHRENHEIT 451 thinks the Ray Bradbury classic has a lot to say about society in 2018.

"I really wanted to burn Ferdowsi, it's an Iranian epic poem, I really wanted to burn that", Bahrani said.

"We started working on this a year before the election and politically", explained Bahrani, "things are [now] going in a very unusual direction, and it's been going in that direction for awhile".

Are you excited for Fahrenheit 451? "Because I don't want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior that that", Bahrani insisted. Director/EP Bahrani also co-wrote the script with Amir Naderi. We elected [politicians] over many decades, we're electing this thing in my pocket [pulls out his cellphone].

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Bradbury's novel was set in the future where he was predicting having screens on the wall that you could interact with. In many ways, the real world of modern media goes far beyond anything the uncannily seer-like Bradbury envisioned. "[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 a risky thing". This exists now. All your drives could be stored 100-fold in DNA.

"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?" There was no reason to put it in the future; it's just [set in] a unusual tomorrow. Bahrani conceptualized this new take on the futuristic society by imagining that "it wouldn't be very hard to start to manipulate and control what is on the Internet if things got more centralized". Bradbury was concerned about mass entertainment - Reader's Digest, short soundbites. He thought all that was going to destroy concepts of reading, thinking, knowledge.

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. Politically, things are going in a very unusual direction in terms of what is real and what is not real - and I think it's been going in that direction for a long time. In the movie, it's Sofia's character who says that to Michael.

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