HBO is developing an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon attached to star.
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.
It centers on Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.
Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) will star as Montag, while Shannon will play 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 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.
Fahrenheit 451 is considered one of Bradbury’s best and most acclaimed books. It has been adapted multiple times, including Francois Truffaut’s 1966 feature film and a stage version in 1979 that also was written by Bradbury.
He was nominated for a spoken word Grammy in 1976 for his audio book of the beloved property that takes its name from the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.
Bradbury, who passed away in 2012, previously had a deal to bring six of his properties to TV for a miniseries as part of a pact signed in 2009.