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 June

Book cover for Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Johnson, Crockett

In Crockett Johnson’s beloved children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon, young Harold discovers a purple crayon and with it the ability to create his own world. The newest adaptation of this classic title will star the voice talents of Zachary Levi and Zooey Deschanel and premiere on the big screen on June 30, 2023.

Book cover of The Flash.    Vol. 1, Move forward
The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
Manapul, Francis

When slow and sedate chemist Barry Allen is hit by lightning in his lab, he develops super-human speed, reflexes, and healing powers. Adopting the name The Flash, he transforms into a beloved costumed crime fighter and protector of Central City. The newest adaptation of this classic comic book character starring Ben Affleck, Michael Shannon, and Ezra Miller will premiere on June 23, 2023.

Book cover of Night shift
Night Shift
King, Stephen

Wracked with guilt and grief, Lester Billings visits a psychiatrist to recount the tragic deaths of his three children. Each child died a mysterious death alone in their room, with only a cry of "Boogeyman" heard before their bodies were discovered. Though all were ruled accidents, Lester is suspicious that there is something more sinister at play. Based on the short story The Boogeyman, collected within Stephen King’s work The Night Shift, the film adaptation of this spooky tale will hit theaters on June 2, 2023.

Book cover of Spider-Man : spider-verse.    Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Spider-Verse, Miles Morales
Bendis, Brian Michael

In 2014, Marvel Comics began a series of Spiderman comics called Spider-Verse, the story of multiple alternative versions of Spiderman living in different universes, brought together by the attack of the supervillain Morlun and his family the Inheritors. As the various Spidermen band together to survive, they must contend not only with the evil Morlun but their own conflicting pasts. The newest animated adaptation Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse is a sequel to the 2019 film Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse and will be released in theaters on June 2, 2023.