With Frank Darabont’s film version of Stephen Kings The Mist set to roll into theaters soon, plans are already spinning in the Green Mile director’s head about his next project. IESB is reporting that Darabont is planning, and hopeful, about starting a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story Fahrenheit 451. The interview revealed that while the Writer’s strike and potential strikes from actors or directors cast an air of uncertainty around any project, Darabont is preparing to start the film in 2008.
Fahrenheit 451 is set in a hedonistic future where books and free-thought have largely, nearly totally, been stricken from the American way of life and books are nothing more than tinder. The story follows the journey of Guy Montag a fireman, though not the kind who puts out fire. Guy’s job entails flaming books, their owners, and the homes they’re located in – and he’s convinced he’s following the right path. The book is widely regarded as a classic and held in very high regard. A previous film adaptation was somewhat lackluster and Darabont says that he isn’t remaking that film, but rather attempting to make a film based on the book. Sticking to the source material is always a good thing and this movie – this story, with this director, has a real chance of being both powerful and entertaining. Here’s hoping it’s on schedule.