We could make any number of fire-based puns to usher in the intense first teaser for HBO's upcoming Fahrenheit 451 film, like "it's going to be lit", or "things are really heating up", but we'll keep it simple and say that it'll undoubtedly ignite your excitement. Sofia Boutella's resistance character Clarisse McClellan says the line, "We asked for this", which came straight from Bradbury, and Bahrani was able to find truth in that which he tied back to our modern age.
"We started working on this a year before the election and politically", explained Bahrani, "things are [now] going in a very odd direction, and it's been going in that direction for awhile".
It'll be interesting to see how Fahrenheit 451 is updated for modern times, especially considering how tense today's political and social climate has been.
"I don't want to focus so much on [President Donald Trump] because I don't want to excuse the 30 to 40 years prior to that; he's just an exaggeration of it now", he said.
The film is being directed, co-written and produced by Ramin Bahrani, who also also directed Shannon in the criminally underseen 99 Homes.
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"Between the technological advancements in last 20 years and politics, I think Bradbury's biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now... and the speed at which this is advancing is exponential".
"Bradbury's novel was set in the future where he was predicting having screens on the wall that you could interact with", Bahrani told the Reporter. "[The film] is not set in the distant future, like Bradbury's novel, but an alternate tomorrow where technology is here right now - like Amazon's Alexa", he said.
"Knowledge is unsafe. Every book is like a loaded gun", a quick clip of the show professes. This exists now. All your drives could be stored 100-fold in DNA.
"It's not hard to control what is on the internet given that things are so centralized", he said. "I don't want us to forget what Bradbury said - that we asked for this".
Bradbury was very concerned about... We can get into tweets, wiki entries, which are basically even shorter entries of readers' digests.
"We're all guilty of just reading the headlines", the director concluded. As soon as we have a specific release date, we'll let you know.