||[Apr. 9th, 2008|01:05 pm]
The Fahrenheit 451 Fan Community
This article sounds a bit more encouraging than the previous ones so perhaps there's still hope for a new film of Fahrenheit 451.|
Here's most of the article:
"Pity poor Frank Darabont. He spends years sitting on the rights to Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, then when he finally decides to make the movie, his choice of leading man drops out.
Last November I wrote about how Darabont had high hopes in getting Tom Hanks to play the lead role of fireman Guy Montag. It looks like he got his wish, only for it to come crashing down at this late stage.
The MTV Movies Blog spoke to Darabont, and fund out that Hanks has taken a step back due to other commitments. Fortunately, the loss hasn’t tempered Darabont’s passion for the project:
“Mr. Hanks sadly and regretfully had to back out,” he said. “I was really looking forward to working with him again but his other commitments just precluded it. He had to take a step back.”
“I see this movie so clearly in my head. It’s flowing in my veins. One character in the script says ‘It’s not really even about books. It’s about control.’ It’s about the control of government and authority. It’s one of the greatest books ever written. It’s got all that great political stuff underneath the skin of it but really what it is is a great galloping tale.”
“[The leading man] needs to be somebody like [Hanks] who has the ability to trigger a green light but is also the right guy for the part. It’s a narrow target. It’s a short list of people.”
It’s a real shame that Hanks has had to pull out of this film, as he did look like the absolute best person for the job. Thankfully, Darabont seems determined to not let the enforced cast changes affect the production too badly.
With his passion and commitment to doing the book justice, I still have high hopes that the big screen version will be everything the fans expect. Just with no Hanks involved."