HBO Drops a Teaser Trailer for Fahrenheit 451, Its New Adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Classic Dystopian Novel

From HBO comes the lat­est teas­er trail­er for a new adap­ta­tion of Ray Brad­bury’s 1953 dystopi­an nov­el, Fahren­heit 451. Sched­uled to debut in May 2018, the new film will fea­ture Michael B. Jor­dan and Michael Shan­non.

Osten­si­bly Fahren­heit 451 is a sto­ry about gov­ern­ment cen­sor­ship. And some have con­sid­ered it a response to McCarthy­ism. But, when asked what the sto­ry is real­ly about, Ray Brad­bury said this: It’s about peo­ple “being turned into morons by TV.”  As a medi­um, tele­vi­sion “gives you the dates of Napoleon, but not who he was,” spread­ing “fac­toids” instead of knowl­edge. “They stuff you with so much use­less infor­ma­tion, you feel full.” Just some­thing to keep in mind before and after the new HBO film hits your TV sets this spring.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ray Brad­bury Reveals the True Mean­ing of Fahren­heit 451: It’s Not About Cen­sor­ship, But Peo­ple “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”

Hear Ray Bradbury’s Clas­sic Sci-Fi Sto­ry Fahren­heit 451 as a Radio Dra­ma

Father Writes a Great Let­ter About Cen­sor­ship When Son Brings Home Per­mis­sion Slip to Read Ray Bradbury’s Cen­sored Book, Fahren­heit 451

To Read This Exper­i­men­tal Edi­tion of Ray Bradbury’s Fahren­heit 451, You’ll Need to Add Heat to the Pages


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