TV: Fahrenheit 451; Catch-22

HBO has released the first teaser for its adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, which will air this spring. The Verge reported that the video "highlights the most vivid part of the novel, showing a burning copy of Crime and Punishment that's dropped onto a pile of other controversial books, which is set on fire by a firefighter wielding a flamethrower."

Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) star as Montag and his superior Captain Beatty, respectively. Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop) told critics during the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Bradbury's novel is pressingly relevant this year, but the movie isn't designed as an anti-Trump film. "I don't want to focus so much on [Trump] because I don't want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior to that. He's just an exaggeration of it now."


Catch-22, a "high-profile limited series" based on the Joseph Heller novel, has landed at Hulu, Deadline reported, adding that the streaming service closed a deal for a six-episode straight-to-series order. George Clooney stars and co-directs (with Grant Heslov) the project, which is written by Luke Davies and David Michôd. Clooney and Heslov executive produce via Smokehouse Pictures alongside Davies and Michôd, as well as Anonymous Content's Richard Brown and Steve Golin. Filming is slated to begin early this year.

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