×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon to Star in HBO Films Adaptation of ‘Fahrenheit 451’

HBO has put a film adaptation of the novel “Fahrenheit 451” into development, Variety has learned. Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are attached to star.

Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, the TV film depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books.

Jordan will play Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity. Shannon will play Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor.

Jordan will also serve as an executive producer on the project, producing through his Outlier Productions. Other exec producers are Sarah Green of Brace Cove Productions, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Noruz Films’ Ramin Bahrani who is co-writing with Amir Naderi. David Coatsworth is a producer. Bahrani is also directing the pic.

Though in early development, sources tell Variety that the project is moving toward a production commitment at HBO.

“Fahrenheit 451” is the latest high profile project at HBO Films, following “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which stars Oprah Winfrey is premieres this weekend.

Jordan and Outlier Productions are repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer & Klein, L.L.P. Shannon is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

More TV

  • When They See Us Netflix

    SAG Award TV Nominations Make Up for Golden Globes' Mistakes

    Leave it to the Screen Actors Guild Awards to clean up the Golden Globes’ mess earlier this week. TV performers and shows that were inexplicably missing when the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their nominees on Monday were given their due when SAG announced its picks on Wednesday morning. Most notably, “When They See Us” star [...]

  • quibi

    Quibi Orders Gaming Thriller ‘Curs_r’ From Anton, Stigma, Ridley Scott

    Quibi has greenlit the development of “Curs_r,” a gaming drama series executive produced by Anton, Stigma Films and Ridley Scott. The series will be directed by Toby Meakins (“Bite Size Horror”) and is written by Simon Allen (“The Watch,” “Das Boot,” “The Musketeers”). Matthew James Wilkinson (“Yesterday,” “Amulet”) is producing. The series centers on the [...]

  • TV Ratings: 'The Masked Singer' Chopped

    TV Ratings: 'The Masked Singer' Chopped Down to Series Low

    As the tree was felled on “The Masked Singer” last night, so were the Fox series’ TV ratings. The singing competition scored a series low 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and was watched by 5.8 million total viewers, dropping 11% from last week’s previous low of 1.8 and 6.6 million viewers. “The Moodys” had more [...]

  • Susie Banikarim - Vice News

    Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

    Susie Banikarim, a journalist with nearly two decades of experience in digital and TV news, is joining Vice News as one of its top editorial execs. Vice Media Group tapped Banikarim as executive VP and global head of newsgathering for Vice News, a newly created role. She will be based out of Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters [...]

  • Universal Music U.K. Poaches BBC’s Alice

    Universal Music Poaches BBC’s Alice Webb to Run Eagle Rock

    Alice Webb is moving from the BBC to Eagle Rock, the Universal Music U.K.-backed producer and distributor of music programming. Webb has held several senior roles in a 15-year career at the BBC including head of its kids unit and COO of its BBC North division, overseeing the relocation of key departments from London to [...]

  • Daniel Ek Spotify

    New Netflix Original to Tell the Story of Spotify's Creation

    In a case of one disrupter telling the story of another, Netflix has boarded a series about the creation of Spotify, the Swedish startup that’s become one of the world’s leading music services. The as-yet-untitled limited series, to be directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (“Quicksand”), is inspired by the book “Spotify Untold” by Sven Carlsson and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content