Breaking news from 4 days ago. Tom Hanks has dropped out of the Fahrenheit 451 remake written and to be directed by Frank Darabont.

My man Frankie D told MTV News he was out due to scheduling conflicts, which is strange considering Hanks has been attached for almost a year as Guy Montag. I’m not sure if it was because of his upcoming work on the Da Vinci Code sequel/prequel Angels and Demons, a book that takes shots at a different corrupt establishment than 451.

This really is a shame because it was to re-pair one of my favorite actors with one of my favorite directors. Darabont directed classics The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, and recently the not-so-classic The Mist which people either loved or hated. But with that record, you can’t deny the man knows how to, at the very least, adapt a book.

So I was initially excited to see a novel I had to write a school book report on turn into another memorable film. I, of course, opted to watch the original 1966 version instead of finishing the book.

I’m not sure what they’re going to do with all those Fahrenheit reprints they did with Hanks on the cover. Burn ‘em, I guess. (Lame joke. They can’t all be gems)

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