Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) appear to be two of the busiest actors in Hollywood. Naturally, this discipline and skill would eventually put the duo in the same film.
In Fahrenheit 451, "In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl...and begins to rebel against society."
The phrase "TV Movie" used to be a bad thing, but the project is from HBO and it comes from Ray Bradbury's infamous novel by the same name.
Most Americans are forced to read this book in school. And, the vast majority of those who have read it will likely tell you it's about firemen burning books because the government told them to do so.
In reality, it was the people and the fear of censorship that started the outrage and the fear of knowledge. Ironically, this same thing is happening today, with our overly political correct ("PC") world.
Author Ryan Holiday writes:
"The firemen have been doing it for so long they have no idea. Most of them have never even read a book. Except one fireman—Captain Beatty—who has been around long enough to remember what life was like before. As Montag begins to doubt his profession—going as far as to hide a book in his house—he is subjected to a speech from Beatty. In it Beatty explains that it wasn’t the government that decided that books were a threat. It was his fellow citizens."
Basically, the "desire not to offend" led to burning books. The story is more relevant now than ever before.