HBO is all about books. The premium cable channel is gearing up for their next book to movie adaptation. Per THR:
As it prepares to bow The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, HBO has set its next high-profile TV movie.
The cabler is developing an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon attached to star. The project is inching toward a formal production commitment.
The drama is based on Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, which depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books and revolves around Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.
Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) is set to star as Montag, while Shannon will return to HBO following Boardwalk Empire to play Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor. The casting reunites Shannon with Fahrenheit co-writers Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi after he starred in their feature 99 Homes. Bahrani is also set to direct the telepic via his Noruz Films banner.
Jordan will executive produce via his Outlier Productions. Sarah Green will serve in the same capacity via her Brace Cove Productions. Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen will also exec produce, with David Coatsworth set to produce.
Although we already got an adaptation from Francois Truffaut, the new iteration feels very timely…