As it prepares to crawl The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, HBO has set a subsequent high-profile TV movie.
The cabler is building an instrumentation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon trustworthy to star. The plan is inching toward a grave prolongation commitment.
The play is formed on Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, that depicts a destiny where media is an opiate, story is outlawed and “firemen” bake books and revolves around Montag, a immature fireman who forsakes his world, battles his coach and struggles to recover his humanity.
Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) is set to star as Montag, while Shannon will lapse to HBO following Boardwalk Empire to play Beatty, Montag’s fireman captain and mentor. The casting reunites Shannon with Fahrenheit co-writers Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi after he starred in their underline 99 Homes. Bahrani is also set to approach a telepic around his Noruz Films banner.
Jordan will executive furnish around his Outlier Productions. Sarah Green will offer in a same ability around her Brace Cove Productions. Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen will also exec produce, with David Coatsworth set to produce.
For Jordan, Fahrenheit 451 falls outward of his overall film and TV understanding with Skydance Media and comes as he continues to make a pull on a producing side. He already has a TV plan in growth during Skydance.
The casting comes some-more than a year after a film was initial put in growth during a reward wire network. Fahrenheit 451 is deliberate one of Bradbury’s best and many acclaimed books. It has been blending mixed times, including Francois Truffaut’s 1966 underline film and a theatre chronicle in 1979 that also was created by Bradbury. He was nominated for a oral word Grammy in 1976 for his audio book of a dear skill that takes a name from a heat during that book paper catches glow and burns. Bradbury, who upheld divided in 2012, formerly had a understanding to move 6 of his properties to TV for a miniseries as partial of a pact sealed in 2009.
Fahrenheit 451 arrives as HBO Films has found critical, ratings and awards-season success with a projects including Confirmation and All a Way. Next adult is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, that premieres Saturday.
Jordan and Outlier are repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Bloom Hergott; Shannon, who subsequent stars in Paramount Network’s Waco mini, is with CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris Yorn.