Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films adapted from books

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit screens big and small and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This August

Bullet Train: A Novel
Isaka, Kōtarō

Five assassins discover they are all on the same mission. But only one of them can make it off the train with the suitcase. Will it be Nanao, the unluckiest assassin in the world? The deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon? Or perhaps the deceptively innocent-looking but fiercely violent Satoshi? Why are they all after the same suitcase? And what will be waiting at the train’s final stop? Out in theaters on August 5, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Michael Shannon star in the cinematic adaptation of Kôtarô Isaka’s thrilling novel Bullet Train.

The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye: Five Fairy Stories
Byatt, A. S.

When recently divorced, middle-aged narratologist Dr. Gillian Perholt travels to Ankara for a conference, she anticipates nothing more than the usual lectures and dinners with old friends. But what she gets is so much more. After discovering an old glass bottle and the ancient djinn trapped within, Dr. Perholt must contend with all of the possibilities and dangers that lie in the accompanying three infamous wishes. Starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, Three Thousand Years of Longing, based on the titular short story in A.S. Byatt’s The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, will be released in theaters on August 31.