Burning Books

“Fahrenheit 451,” popular in classrooms, comes to life on the small screen


By Aaron Mejia, Online Editor-in-Chief

They are made equal by the fire.

“Fahrenheit 451” is an upcoming sci-fi film that will premiere on HBO on May 19.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani, who is known for his works on “99 Homes,” “Man Push Cart” and “Chop Shop,” “Fahrenheit 451” stars Michael B. Jordan as Guy Montag, Michael Shannon as Beatty, Sofia Boutella as Clarisse McClellan and Lilly Singh as Raven.

Based on the novel written by author Ray Bradbury, the film is set in a futuristic dystopian society where firemen are given the duty to burn physical outlawed books rather than put out fires. The story follows Guy Montag, who struggles to continue burning books and begins asking questions regarding his role in society as a fireman.

“Fahrenheit 451” is a popular classic book in high schools across the US and depicts a society where the power of reading is considered dangerous.