It's Now or Never for Frank Darabont's Fahrenheit 451 Movie
Screenwriter Frank Darabont has been trying to get his Fahrenheit 451 movie made for years now. Its suffered numerous setbacks, including Tom Hanks dropping out last year, but he's determined to still get his vision of Ray Bradbury's novel to the big screen sooner than later. "I'm out to somebody at the moment, fingers crossed, because, boy, do I want to make that movie. I'm not giving up. I'll die in the traces before I don't make that movie," Darabont told SciFi Wire last night. While he wouldn't reveal the name of the actor he's pursuing to play Guy Montag, Darabont did say he's hoping it works out or all hope will be lost.
Darabont also added that the actor "is of a clout that could get a medium-budget sci-fi film made," but if he doesn't get him, it could be the end of this project. "It's not one of those movies that are vastly expensive by any contemporary standard, but money is still money, and it's of a price that requires somebody that will justify that investment," Darabont said, adding that this will most likely have a bigger budget than The Mist (which cost roughly $18 million to make). As a reminder again, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 follows a fireman in the future who's job it is to burn books, but he begins to question his duties after meeting a young girl.
"I promised myself that it would at least go into production while Ray Bradbury were still with us," he says. "It's not like I think he's going to leave tomorrow, but he's not getting any younger. So I have an emotional commitment to wanting to get the wheels well and truly in motion while he's still here to enjoy that." In the 1966 version of Fahrenheit 451 directed by François Truffaut, Guy Montag was played by Austrian actor Oskar Werner. Whichever actor Darabont is after better not pass this up - it would be a huge role for them, even if it doesn't have a huge budget or studio behind it. Here's to hoping Darabont gets this made soon!