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Man Push Fire Cart: HBO Book Ramin Bahrani for “Fahrenheit 451”

Moving from seizing homes (99 Homes) to burning them down, hopefully American indie filmmaker won’t have some of the woes that Francois Truffaut did when he took a swing at the Ray Bradbury classic, The Wrap reports that Ramin Bahrani will take on Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films. What might become his sixth feature film since Man Push Cart, Bahrani will executive produce alongside Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. Look for big name thesps to join the project.

Gist: Based on the 1953 classic, this follows Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question his duty to destroy all books after meeting a young woman.

Worth Noting: Richard Brody gives some noteworthy insight into some of the headaches Truffaut experienced while making the film.

Do We Care?: A staple of dystopian portraits, we’re especially curious in how Bahrani might adapt the project in the current sociopolitical climate. Might be a murky, pessimist bliss. Let’s cross our fingers for Children of Men tone and style and perhaps a second collab with Michael Shannon.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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