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AICN EXCLUSIVE! Has Frank Darabont Started Casting FAHRENHEIT 451?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Boy, I hope this is true. I read an early draft of Frank’s FAHRENHEIT 451, and it struck me as another one of his exceptional adaptations, where he took everything great about Bradbury’s novel and not only made it work, but actually tweaked it in some very savvy ways. The key, of course, is casting Guy Montag, the Fireman who is the lead in the film. I’ve heard people wish-list the film and toss out names like Paul Bettany and Matt Damon, but now we’ve gotten a tip that Frank has already picked the guy who he wants to have suit up. All I know is that I desperately want to be in this film as one of the “books” if Frank ends up using that conceit. Maybe something by John Irving... Anyway, here’s the rumor. As soon as we can, we’ll confirm this one, and I’m hoping that as Frank winds down on THE MIST, he jumps right into this. It’s been too long since his last film, and it would be great to see two in a row from him.

By way of tipster cred, know this: I gave you boys Billy Crudup as Manhattan well before it went public. Use this as you see fit. Or don't. But my source is [someone who would certainly be in a position to know]. According to him, Frank has his FARENHEIT 451 fireman signed and ready to burn: Tom Hanks
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  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Perfect!

    by jdfincola

    Absolutely perfect casting...if true.

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    It's okay casting....

    by lovethatjoker

    ...but I would've loved it if Guy Montag was played by Hugh Jackman. He'd be totally perfect.

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    This movie is a dumb idea...

    by Batutta

    It's a book about the virtues and importance of the written word, a concept best delivered BY WRITTEN WORDS. It's like reading a book about how good food is. Yeah, if the writer is good you can get the idea, but it's not the same as eating the food.

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I disagree Batutta

    by jdfincola

    The book's central theme in censorship. And what medium has dealt with as much of that as film has in the last 20 years?

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    No, it's about the censorship of written words...

    by Batutta

    In fact, films and television are kind of derided in the book as mindless.

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    From an interview with Bradbury--

    by Batutta

    Fahrenheit 451 is not, he says firmly, a story about government censorship. Nor was it a response to Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose investigations had already instilled fear and stifled the creativity of thousands. This, despite the fact that reviews, critiques and essays over the decades say that is precisely what it is all about. Even Bradbury’s authorized biographer, Sam Weller, in The Bradbury Chronicles, refers to Fahrenheit 451 as a book about censorship. Bradbury, a man living in the creative and industrial center of reality TV and one-hour dramas, says it is, in fact, a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature. “Television gives you the dates of Napoleon, but not who he was,” Bradbury says, summarizing TV’s content with a single word that he spits out as an epithet: “factoids.” http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/ray-bradbury-fahrenheit-451-misinterpreted/16524/

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    This book isn't really about censorship.

    by Barry Egan

    It's more about the dumbing down of society. In the future society of the novel, books have been done away with because the public no longer wants them because they are filled with depressing and complex ideas. People want mindless entertainment instead. As we move into an age of flat panel HD monitors, it's almost scary how right Bradbury was about the future.

  • Aug. 4, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    This book is about...

    by jesuschrist

    George Takei owning your ass! And your ass catching fire from his ownership! Poof!

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:02 a.m. CST

    fahrenheit 451...

    by el_fantomas

    also deals with a complicit government that is directing the censorship. This is not about a society that simply gets bored at books, but a concerted effort to dumb down a society through entertainment. If you find it ironic that this novel gets adapted to the silver screen, maybe you should wonder how our society has become so dependent on media, even as a source of intellectual debate.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman

    by HBO

    Why is there always someone in casting talkbacks that throws out Jackman's name? Makes me think plant.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks is not the best choice...

    by Boondock

    ...Guy Montag is 30 years old. The perfect choice for Guy Montag is Marshall Mathers a.k.a. Eminem.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Hanks is too old....

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Now Clive Owen would be much better(or Aaron Eckhart,Ewan Mcgregor, Daniel Craig,RDJ,Ethan Hawk).

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Screw that. JJ needs him to play Scotty.

    by Bronx Cheer

    But Hanks needs to work.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Eminem

    by HBO

    Yes, as eminem is such a better choice than tom hanks.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Darabont, please comment on your script for DOC SAVAGE!

    by ABking

    Darabont always loves to talk INDIANA JONES 4 and his script for it but why doesn;t he ever talk about the failed DOC SAVAGE project that once had Schwarzenegger attached? Moriarty likened it to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK for god sake. This is what could have been or what could be if producers have the balls to let a 60 year old man play action god again http://www.keithtarrier.com/fafs/10-docsavage/10-ds-01.jpg

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Great Idea

    by Z 008

    I need to re-read that book.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Huge Ackman

    by jesuschrist

    Why is it that in every talkback, someone mentions George Takei owning hugh Jackman's ass. So played. Owned!

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks =

    by El Scorcho

    most overrated actor of all time. And Forrest Gump is a piece of shit.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I like it...

    by Kirbymanly

    He can play "torn" well... Just don't let him grow his hair.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    How do you not like Tom Hanks?

    by robzass

    He's gotta be one of the most likable guys ever to live.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Wait, wait, didn't Stephen King write the original 451?

    by Canada's King

    Guess I've just been so used to seeing the Darabont-King tagteam over the years.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Maybe he'll do for this what he did for DaVinci Code

    by Magic Rat

    namely, make it boring and unwatchable.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I like Hanks because of the way he looks when he thinks

    by PirateEmery

    Damn DaVinci Code...

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    good

    by mrbong

    the novel has an important story to tell, so although i hardly get over excited by Tom Hanks films, he is big box office money.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    DIORA BAIRD as Clarisse...!

    by Kirbymanly

    More money, more boobie.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Yuck.Stunt Casting sucks.

    by Thylacine

    You cast Tom Hanks when you don't know what else to do. Sounds like a weak script to me. Hanks is like the straight man Nicholson. You don't go to the movie to see what it's about- you go to see what Jack's gonna do this time. Except Hanks is also dull to watch. Yawn. Guess casting a safe actor like Hanks, also assures that any subtext in the film will be washed (or burned) right (or Right) out.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Michael Wincott

    by DOGSOUP

    He's old now though as well.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Bachelor Party is cinematic perfection

    by Dr Gregory House

    "Nick the what?" "The Dick"

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    No Hanks. Do Crudup.

    by psychedelic

    Tom Hanks, with all due respect, is too damn old for this role. Billy Crudup would be fantastic. Mark Wahlberg might be a good too. Other possibilites: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, or Ryan Reynolds. I know you all think of Reynolds as Van Wilder, but he was badass in Smokin' Aces.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:01 a.m. CST

    uuhh-

    by AllieJamison

    boring?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:27 a.m. CST

    If you see Tom Hanks, please just leave him be.

    by Flim Springfield

    <b>

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Hanks sells 'torn/conflicted' characterization...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...very well, and I imagine that's why he's been chosen here. Problem is, that schtick has become so overused and become so familiar in recent years that it's lost much of it's impact, almost to the point where it's become a cliche of itself in the same way as Morgan Freeman playing a film's jiminy cricket conscience/wisdom giver character, or Sam Jackson yelling dramatically. You over play any beat too long and it loses it's impact. <p>Add to which, as has already been raised, the age thing is a valid comment too, though not strictly critical as thematically you could open up a few more doors with making the character older. <p>What this project really needs is a 60's era Paul Newman or Steve McQueen type, but how many of those do we have these days?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Hanks? Really?

    by Philo

    Barry Pepper or Edward Norton would both have been a closer match (depending o how you wanted the story to pan out) than Hanks. Nothing against ol' Tom but I don't see him fitting this part right.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Hanks? Meh. I'd rather go with Crudup.

    by Jakes Nel

    Or Christian Bale. Although, after Equilibrium, that's highly unlikely...

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Psychedelic

    by ScotFree

    Good call on Gosling. He's my first choice as well. I like Hanks, but agree that he's too old for this one. And this is gonna get me flamed to oblivion, but if we want torn/conflicted, what about Leonardo DiCaprio?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Book won't translate well.

    by lost.rules

    Do The Martian Chronicles! I love that book.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks to Equilibrium I now envision

    by cyrent

    Sean Bean playing that character. It'd be good.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    They should leave this alone

    by palimpsest

    The Truffaut film was perfect. Darabont, frankly, should have more class. I like the idea of a MARTIAN CHRONICLES revisit - I remember loving the Rock Hudson TV version when I was a kid, but I've got a horrible feeling that it would stink if I watched it again. And my calls for the inevitable casting of Guy Montag? Kevin McKidd, Peter Sarsgaad (sp?) Paddy Considine. Maybe Eric Bana. Hanks is plainly twenty years too old.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Terrible casting

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    just terrible

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Michael Moore should sue! People will be confused!!!!!!

    by Cotton McKnight

    Yes, I am kidding.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    dresden files canceled

    by palewook

    http://tinyurl.com/2wjgbm

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Christ, how about Nathan Fillon?

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Anyone but Tom Hanks. Guess they need the star power. I'm not questioning his ability, he's just all wrong for Montag. Pass.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    My momma always said to burn books

    by Cinemajerk

    Actually I like this casting. I could easily see Tom Hanks toting the party line and burning books, but then becoming conflicted. He's "everyman" and people will believe his transition. BUT Lt. DAN...YOU AIN'T GOT NO LEGS!

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Burn, baby, burn!!

    by ATARI

    Tom Hanks is a good, safe choice. I would have liked someone a little more edgey.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks is too old for Montag...

    by Wungolioth

    ...and in no way does the tipster suggest which part he's playing. There is the firechief part, which will take a certain amiability that switches to dark quickly, something Hanks has played very well in movies like Road to Perdition.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    This is the prequel

    by BrandLoyalist

    This is a doc about the US during the 90s. The book-burning thing is just a metaphor for the Telecom Reform Act.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    It's about Censorship, people.

    by conniebrean1

    Fucking duh. In the forward he wrote to his own book in one of the later additions, he commented on how the book is often taught in secondary schools. He said he is constantly getting requests by the schools to take out the swear words when they teach it. And how he's absolutely appalled that those charged with teaching the book have clearly missed the entire point when they actually try to censor it for students. He happily rejects all such requests.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    So Frank! Where's The Thing sequel?

    by dirtsandwich

    The mini-series you were going to do for the SciFi channel?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    This is awesome

    by Bean_

    I love this book and can't wait to see it on film (the 1966 version sucked). Wonder if this exclusive will be stolen ala 1-18-08? :P

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by Anton_Sirius

    Hanks is the acting equivalent of vanilla. And not even top-shelf high quality french vanilla either, I'm talking McDonald's soft serve. He's a faded eighth-generation photocopy of Jimmy Stewart. And casting Hanks in a movie is a purely financial decision, not an artistic one. If he's got the lead, 451 is doomed to obscurity the moment it leaves theaters after collecting its $200 million box office.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks

    by Unlabled

    Ruined Davinci Code and will ruin Angels and Demons... I can't like Hanks after his ego inserted himself into those adaptions, what an abortion of a perfomance the Davinci Code was.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    You could cast anyone as Guy Montag.

    by Orbots Commander

    I recently just reread an old paperback of Farenheit 451 that I find in an old box in storage. The thing is, Bradbury never physically describes Montag, so you can basically cast anybody at any age as Montag---anyone from Matt Damon to Dennis Quaid to yes, Tom Hanks.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I actually like McDonald's soft serve...

    by PirateEmery

    Only reason why I go to McDonald's. So don't talk shit about my ice cream.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks guarantees it will be made

    by tomdpimp2k

    Tom Hanks is the biggest box office star in America. If he signs on to do it then it will get made. I'm more curious as to who else will get cast in this film. I think Morgan Freeman would make a great Fire Chief. Maybe Jim Carrey as the nutty man that aids Montag? Maybe Scarlett Johansen for the female lead?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Terrrrrriiibblleeee

    by modlight

    blech

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks = People will watch the movie

    by antonphd

    we really need people to hear the message of the book. which they will never in a million years pick up and read.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    why make a movie of it

    by antonphd

    you know... the book wasn't made to be well reviewed or even well loved. it was made to make a difference.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, so it's going to be *that* kind of a movie?

    by BenBraddock

    Well, we had the European art-house version, so now it's time for the Hollywood Blockbuster super-commercial version, complete with CGI robot dogs, fat-boy Hanks and McDonalds tie-ins. Fast losing interest :-(

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Le Luthor: Wrong!!

    by Terry the geek

    I like Tom Hanks plenty but he is NOT right for Guy Montag. I hope if he is in that he plays Beatty which would really be something new for him. Whoever suggested Gosling had it right. Montag is 29 not 54.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    yeah, o.k.

    by DarthCorleone

    I guess Hanks is o.k., but I did have the same instinct as a few people above that he's a little old for this role.<br><br>That said, I didn't really find this news to be that much of a revelation, given that Tom Hanks is the first choice for so many roles, and he does have the Darabont connection.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    PirateEmery

    by Anton_Sirius

    I'm sorry I compared your ice cream to Tom Hanks. That was uncalled for.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    they should update the concept

    by misnomer

    instead of burning books...they should focus on how too much information destroys society :) “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.” Neil Postman - Amusing Ourselves To Death 1985

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    lil wayne as the fireman?

    by lucid dreamstate

    ha. that would be funny as hell. he could even sing his song in the film. he kissed another man's lips on b.e.t. that seems a little strange to me. i think tom hanks would be good for 451. i can't wait to see what they do with this film. i am a fan of the original as well. stuntin like my daddy.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    Anton_Sirius

    by PirateEmery

    It's okay... I forgive you.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    It's about video piracy and peer to peer sharing.

    by The Ghost of Scrappy Doo

    No, really. Think about all the TV shows and movies that have been held back or released in butchered form to the public recently: WKRP episodes with the music chopped and swapped, the forbidden episode of Hawaii 5-0 that was yanked, syndicated cuts of ALF and other shows, Amos & Andy, Greedo shot first, etc. Like the people in Farenheit 451 that had to memorize and become books, it's just possible today's video pirates and swappers are keeping the original versions of our entertainment alive. Today's thief a hundred years from now might just be a hero when someone in the future discovers that the only existing copy of a classic TV show or movie is a bootleg. I'm just saying...

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    They should have gotten Will "Hell No!" Smith

    by Cinemajerk

    You're burning books? Oh HELL NO! BLAM! BLAM! KAPOW! KAPOW! Lol. Kidding. Wasn't Mel Gibson originally attached to this project? Just for shits and giggles, whose your most ridiculous choice to play Montag? I was going to say Gary Coleman. But lets keep this realistically ridiculous. :-)

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren

    by Cinemajerk

    DRAGO NOT BURN BOOKS ANYMORE!

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    DANIEL RADCLIFFE

    by Cinemajerk

    PLEASE SIR, DON'T BURN HARRY POTTER. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    by lovethatjoker

    Nathan Fillion would also be a great choice for Montag. Never thought of that.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    LoveThatJoker

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    I truly think he would be perfect. However, I believe most of the other actors that have been mentioned would do a fine job too. Anyone but Hanks. Unless he is playing the chief.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    To all the retards in this talkback.....Yes you

    by redfist

    Tom Hanks is the handle of the guy that is making the scoop. Not the Actor Tom Hanks. Sean Bean should be Guy Montag I agree 100%.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Ridiculous Casting

    by psychedelic

    Michael J. Anderson, the dwarf from Twin Peaks and Carnivale. Lindsay Lohan, she could sniff cocaine off her wrist then pick up a book and go, "Eeewwww." Ron Jeremy, Billy Boyd, Meryl Streep, Chevy Chase. How about Harry? Thanks for the compliment ScotFree.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Why the need for another remake?

    by TakeItEasyMon

    François Truffau's 1966 version is already quite good. No need for this.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Hanks could work, but consider the following...

    by Uncle Stan

    Kyle MacLachlan (with Dennis Hopper as Captain Beatty "Fuck Hemingway, Pabst Blue Ribbon!"), or Crispin Glover (the role calls for "torn, conflicted" which he has in spades), maybe Adrian Brody, or even Depp.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    casting.

    by 13th Librarian

    Well the 1966 movie was good for a 1966 adaption, a modern version with the dogs would help get the idea across better.. Not happy with hanks, would like someone younger and better (odd cause I'd prefer older actors for Watchman) but he'll get butts in seats I guess.. and I also vote for Lindsay Lohan or Courtney love for Mrs. Montag.. they can be as doped up and stoopid as they want to be...

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Casting Tom Hanks in this...

    by mr. brownstone

    is the defenition of subversive. Can't anyone see that. Now every soccer mom and knuckle dragging yahoo will see this. And trust me, they need to.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    awesome...

    by datachasm

    love Hanks in just about anything, hell he even made Bosom Buddies and Mazes & Monsters watchable. Darabont is one of my favorite director's right now, and 451 lends itself to a remake much better than all the retread crap we see otherwise.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by McClane_Corleone

    That is absolutely perfect. When I read the book I actually pictured Hanks.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Uncle Stan

    by McClane_Corleone

    Do you hang out at the mall. Got a cool trenchcoat? Smoke Clove Cigarettes? Got a lot of Marilyn Manson and My Chemical Romance on your IPod?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Yo, redfist!

    by PirateEmery

    Let's go through a grammar lesson, eh?<p> What does ":" mean? Does it mean "end of sentence, the next part has nothing to do with the former"? Or is it easily translated to "equals"?<p> Here are a couple exercises.<p> The fireman being considered: Tom Hanks.<p> Now, is Tom Hanks a separate sentence? Or is Tom Hanks the fireman being considered?<p> Now I know what I can easily consider you: <p>a retard.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Darabont?

    by Evil Chicken

    TOO COOL! I had no idea that this was going on. Excellent. Wonderful news. Bradbury is a living legend and Darabont will do him justice. Amen. I wonder who Bradbury sees as Guy?

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    TOO OLD!!!!! really, TOO OLD!!!!!

    by the_man_from_Rio

    fala serio...like someone said before, darabont had nowhere yo go, and turned to hanks, that can play anything brilliantly, though this time he's TOO OLD for the part. where are the tough guy actors like macbain? i throw my 2 cents: daniel brulh, ben foster, or ryan goslin...

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Heres the news, Bitches

    by CNN

    ...Daniel Craig

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    speaking of torn and vulnerable...

    by AllieJamison

    Somehow I've always pictured some Harrison Fordian guy in that role when I read the story.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST

    the original still holds up...

    by Demosthenes2

    ...IMHO. To me, the original looks like a sci-fi Blow Up. It's one of the few 60s sci-fi movies (along with 2001 of course) that avoided a hokey production and rather it looked elegant, I would dare to say. Julie Christie was great in it. I have no desire for a remake and I doubt any fans of the original do, but Darabont's a solid filmmaker, so with it being in good hands, I'll probably see it anyway.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    T.Hanks=Big Budget; Large Opening.

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Even if the role should be given...rather, they should be begging actors like Ed Norton, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, Colin Ferrel, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, or Robert Downey Jr. to play this role. They would own it. Big Time.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Dumb

    by Seal Pool

    Hanks' acting skills has never risen above the Bosom Buddies level.

  • Aug. 5, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I could see Daniel Craig...

    by PirateEmery

    ...and I wouldn't be disappointed. He could pull off Montag where Hanks would fail.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    How come Dakota Fanning isn't in this one?

    by LittleDudes

    Or Hulk Hogan? Blondes are seriously misrepresented in Hollywood cinema. I sense prejudice.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    since Sean Bean already played the role in Equilibrium

    by lynxpro

    I say stick with casting a British actor into the role. Since Christopher Eccleston would be too "old" for the role, I say go for Ray Stevenson, especially if there will be an action element to it much like the "beefing up" of *I Am Legend* when Sir Ridley Scott was helming that project. As we saw on HBO's *Rome*, Stevenson had range.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    another idea...

    by lynxpro

    Jemima Rooper for the female character that introduces Montag to the other thinkers. In the 60s film, her character survived but in the book, she certainly didn't. At least now, the lethal robot dog could be used in the movie, and thus the jetpack cops which totally looked like action figures suspended on strings could be bypassed this time 'round.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    speaking of Equilibrium...

    by lynxpro

    Anyone got a release date on Blu-ray for it? I know Worst Buy has it for $6 on DVD.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Too silver

    by CuervoJones

    "Hello, I'm Tom Hanks. The US Government has lost its credibility so it’s borrowing some of mine" I like Tom Hanks.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    tom hanks didn't ruin da vinci code

    by maluquiro

    that was one of the worst books i've ever read. <p> also, i like tom hanks and all, but in my opinion he doesn't feel right for this part.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Burce Campbell

    by CuervoJones

    He´s got experience in burning books.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Censorship and Age

    by Abhimanyu

    OK, Hanks isn't the age of the character, but the character feels older and wearier than 30 years anyway. A good adaptation would not have a problem with making this character older in a way that works. I have more problems when Romeo and Juliet are made older or Emma Thompson plays an eighteen-year-old. Hanks will be fine, as long as the script is good. As for censorship, no matter how much of the book is really about dumb television, you can't discount the fact that books are illegal and the government burns them and the houses they are in. I mean, how can that enforcement and destruction NOT be about censorship in some way or the other? They are probably going to change a few things anyway, but I don't think there's much of a stretch, either with casting someone older, or with focusing on censorship of the government. Equlibrium and Serenity have both ripped off the basic ideas though, remains to be seen if this will compare more against them or the Richard Burton 1984.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST

    PirateEmery

    by redfist

    Considering that you are bashing my grammer, you might want to string together some sentences that make fooking sense. There is not one thing you wrote that I can make heads or tails of. But I don't end my sentences with "eh?" So I will just keep it real and tell you... suck a fat baby's cock and move on retard.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:21 a.m. CST

    2 words that pretty much guarantee that I won't see

    by Lost Prophet

    a film in the cinema: "Tom Hanks". yuck. How the man won an oscar for Philadelphia, let alone Forrest Gump is beyond me.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Isn't this one on the "Sacred Unadaptable List?"

    by jimbojones123

    I thought it was?? Guess not???

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:06 a.m. CST

    been said before but

    by Jack the Lad

    Hanks is too old, but it would be ballsy casting to cast him as Montag's villainous supervisor. As for Montag, Eric Bana or Edward Norton would be good and they're the right age. It's been a while since I read the book, but my impression was that Montag was a relatively young man, but coming up on middle age.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I am sick of AICN talkbacks...

    by LORDRANDO

    Bitch....bitch...bitch...you guys are all over Eli Roth, jj abrams, and the like, but you trash people like Spielberg and Hanks and Lucas. Is this a movie site or a get your anger out on strangers site? Fucking boring is what it is.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    LORDRANDO

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I'm gonna say that today is "Get Your Anger Out On Strangers Site Day".<P>Have at you! ;^)

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    And casting Hanks in this...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...seems like a "safe" play on Darabont's part. The film may be worthwhile but this seems a little uninspired. Yes, this reeks of sickeningly safe casting.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    That is, of course, if it's confirmed.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    <P>

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    TOO SOON!

    by Unlabled

    Sorry, just had to kill this thread.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Casting for "The Chief"

    by finky089

    I'm gonna throw out a Rick Baker-aged Phillip Seymore Hoffman. I re-read 451 recently and for some reason, that was all I could see. <p> Or maybe Bruce McGill (AKA "Doomsday" from Animal House) <p> Oh, why do we even bother.....?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    no no no no no no no

    by quadrupletree

    Wrong wrong wrong. Why is Tom Hanks getting cast in all the wrong parts?!? I like him a lot as an actor but he's not THAT good. And he's not right for this part, or his greasy hair. Here's hoping this is a false rumor...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    memories, you're a gentleman AND a scholar!

    by the_man_from_Rio

    i am not kidding when i say that. we should all band and have our massive opinion change that casting, so that Hank Toms plays against type as a fascist book burner that is the chief. what...oh we don't have that power...or do we? tã-tã-tããã...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Hank Toms

    by the_man_from_Rio

    whoever caught that Hank Toms joke is a Conan sommelier as myself...another good "SSssSecrets" is by a famous guitarist and it goes like this: i got my name when i was working at this supermarket and i was i charge of slashing the prices...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Really?

    by Clonetrooper

    Isn't he a bit old for the role? He'd make a terrific Beatty, but as montag? I just don't now. I'm in no way shape or form sold on that casting.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I saw the original recently

    by FlipTheFrog

    Sorry to disappoint: I'm not a Gayformers fan and I thought the Truffaut film was certainly one of his weakest. Given the current political climate, I think an intelligent 451 adaptation could be pretty chilling. Tom Hanks? Meh, why not? He's good at that slow, incremental change that Montag's character requires.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Sadly, even a watered down fx heavy Fahrenheit 451

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...will probably sail right over the heads of the average audience members these days. They'll probably like the pretty pyrotechnics, though.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane for Beatty

    by crackityjo

    Just read the book and that's who I saw playing it.