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 February

Book cover of The zone of interest
The Zone of Interest
Amis, Martin

When Angelus Thomsen, a Nazi officer assigned to Auschwitz, lays eyes on Hannah Doll, the camp commandant’s wife, it is love at first sight. But their illicit flirtations will have unspeakable consequences for everyone around them. Martin Amis’ thought-provoking Zone of Interest explores the complexities of human nature and morality. The film adaptation, directed by Jonathan Glazer, will be released in theaters on February 2, 2024.

Book cover of The tiger's apprentice
The Tiger's Apprentice
Yep, Laurence

Tom, a young Chinese American boy living in San Francisco, has been raised as his grandmother’s apprentice, learning ancient Chinese magic to protect a precious coral rose. But when a monster attacks and Tom’s grandmother is killed, he is left in the care of the mysterious tiger Mr. Hu and discovers magical powers he never knew existed. Starring the voice talents of Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh, the animated adaptation of Laurence Yep’s The Tiger’s Apprentice will premiere on Paramount + on February 2.

Book cover of Argylle
Conway, Elly

After being recruited by the CIA, Argylle finds himself the newest member of an elite squad still reeling from a recent mission gone wrong. Tasked with recovering a bracelet from a Russian billionaire, Argylle realizes that the team’s mission and what they’re being told by their superiors isn’t adding up. What are they really stealing, and why? The pseudonymously published spy thriller Argylle was adapted into a star-studded film before the book even hit the shelves. Starring Henry Caville, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dua Lipa, and John Cena, the film will premiere in theaters on February 2, 2024.