Though I wasn’t too impressed with it the first time I watched it, and author Ray Bradbury was disappointed with it, I feel that Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, set in a future where books are burnt, gets better with each successive viewing, and it also seems to become more and more relevant for a variety of reasons, from the way media control gets ever stronger and more devious, to the terribly sad lessening of the use of books. I recall hearing talk of a new version a few years ago, with Mel Gibson and Frank Darabont both being interested. and now one is definitely coming, though it’s being made by HBO so probably won’t get a cinema release.
99 Homes‘ Ramin Bahrani will direct and is currently writing the script with Amir Naderi. Michael B. Jordan will be taking over the role of Montag, the fireman who secretly discovers the joy of reading, and who was played by Oskar Werner in the 1966 film. Michael Shannon will play Montag’s mentor Captain Beatty. And it’s just been announced that The Mummy‘s Sofia Boutella will be in it, though it’s not known yet if she’ll be playing two different female roles like Julie Christie did in the earlier version.
Consider me interested…the story has some important themes which could easily stand a second going-over for a modern audience.