Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films and their adapted 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 April

Book cover of Someone like you. (Baxter family, #7.)
Someone Like You
Kingsbury, Karen

Maddie’s life is turned upside down when she finds out she was adopted as an embryo. Abandoning her job, her fiance, and her home, she travels to Portland to seek out her birth parents and the sibling she never got to know. Someone Like You is Karen Kingsbury’s bestselling tale of forgiveness and love. The film adaptation will be released in theaters on April 2, 2024.

Book cover of The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare : the mavericks who plotted Hitler's downfall, giving birth to
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Lewis, Damien

Damien Lewis’ The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is the true story of a band of unconventional secret operatives ordered by Sir Winston Churchill to strike behind enemy lines. Fully deniable by the English government, this ruthless force was comprised of criminals and mercenaries the likes of which the war had never seen. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Henry Cavill and Alan Ritchson, the cinematic adaptation will hit the big screen on April 19, 2024.

Book cover of The talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Highsmith, Patricia

Hired to bring back a rich man’s wayward son from Italy, young and ambitious Tom Ripley soon finds himself immersed in playboy Dickie Greenleaf’s sophisticated and easy lifestyle. But as his admiration turns to obsession, Ripley will stop at nothing to become exactly like him. The fifth cinematic adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley, will premiere on Netflix on April 4, 2024.

Book cover of A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
Schiff, Stacy

A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Stacy Schiff is the story of how a 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin with the barest grasp of the French language convinced France to aid in America’s bid for independence. Starring Michael Douglas as Franklin, the mini-series adaptation of Schiff’s award-winning book will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 12, 2024.