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 May

Book cover for Happening
Ernaux, Annie

Annie knows she can’t keep the baby. But with abortion a criminal offense, she is unsure where to turn. When her self-administered attempt fails, she finds someone willing to help and almost loses her own life in the process. The true story of one woman’s desperate attempt to end an unwanted pregnancy in 1960s France. The French film adaptation will hit theaters on May 6th, 2022.

Book cover for Firestarter
King, Stephen

The child of two subjects from a secret scientific study develops pyrotechnic powers and finds herself on the run from the government in Stephen King’s classic horror novel, Firestarter. This reboot of the 1984 adaptation of King’s novel stars Zac Efron, Gloria Reuben and Kurtwood Smith and will be released in theaters on May 13th, 2022.

Book cover for Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days
Verne, Jules

When eccentric Phileas Fogg bets his fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in only eighty days, he and his French valet set out on a thrilling adventure through new and dangerous lands. By train, boat or elephant, Fogg is determined to win this bet by any means possible. But Fogg isn’t the only one on this whirlwind tour; a detective who believes him to be a bank robber is hot on his heels. Can Fogg beat the clock and evade the investigator or will he lose it all on rash wager?