One of the best books ever written is getting the film adaptation it deserves from HBO Films. The iconic Ray Bradbury sci-fi classic, Fahrenheit 451, is in development at HBO Films, according to a report from The Wrap. 99 Homes filmmaker Ramin Bahrani will write, direct and executive produce the project.
Surprisingly this is only the second time that such a famous novel has been adapted for film. Francois Truffaut was the first at adapting Bradbury’s book, bringing his version to screens in 1966.
Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where reading is outlawed and firemen, like protagonist Guy Montag, are tasked with burning books. Bradbury’s masterpiece, one of sci-fi’s most acclaimed works, is a chilling story of censorship and a future without reading and books that still resonates decades after its publication.
There is no word yet on when the adaptation may release or when production is expected to begin. No talent has been announced as attached to the project.
The classic Ray Bradbury novel, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is to be adapted into a film. Disney has optioned the film and hired author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to direct.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a fantasy-horror that tells the story of two teenage boys who visit a traveling carnival and meet a man named Mr. Dark, who has a tattoo on him for every person who, in exchange for having their secret fantasies made a reality, are now bound to the carnival.
This will be Grahame-Smith’s first directing job however he has made quite the name for himself in the entertainment world. He is best known as the author behind “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and another book turned movie, “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” He also wrote the screenplays for the movie adaptations of both books and the screenplay for the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film Dark Shadows.
The famous Bradbury novel has previously been made into a movie in 1983. However, the upcoming adaptation is not a remake of the movie but of the novel itself.
“I have been so crazy about this book, and it was such a formative title in my life that I actually wrote a piece on NPR about why it is so important for young males to read. It is a classic coming-of-age, father-son story about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how kids can’t wait to be adults and adults romanticize their childhoods. I’m not remaking the movie; I want the haunted atmosphere that makes the book so chilling, and I want to reinstate some of the classic scenes from the book that were missing from the ’83 film.”