Bahrani said he never had the opportunity to meet with Bradbury before his death but did an extensive amount of research, watching and reading multiple interviews and more.
Bradbury's novel unfortunately found very real world inspiration in things like the Nazi book burnings in WWII (I've been privileged enough to visit the memorial to this horrific act, and I won't lie, it was a rather emotional experience for a bibliophile like me), but it's also incredibly political, addressing things like freedom of speech and ideas, and the government controlling what you know.
"I really wanted to burn Ferdowsi, it's an Iranian epic poem, I really wanted to burn that", Bahrani said. "And I don't want us to forget what Bradbury said: We asked for this".
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HBO's take on Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 will be different from the source material but will stay true to it thematically, co-writer, executive producer and director Ramin Bahrani told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. Social media and supercomputers like my phone are real now.
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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".
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"Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury's heroes?" His warning? The only thing contained within books is "insanity".
While the whole book-burning conceit might seem quaint today, because you can always read them on your "super computer in your pocket, Bahrani said, Bradbury's prophetic themes are, more relevant today". "We started working on this a year before the election". It's just now kind of being revealed to us more clearly.
As has become the norm with creators telling post-apocalyptic or sci-fi stories these days, the man behind HBO's new take on FAHRENHEIT 451 thinks the Ray Bradbury classic has a lot to say about society in 2018.
Terri Schwartz is Editorial Manager of Entertainment at IGN.