Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films adapted from books
Movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres!

It feels good to be back! After 19 months, films are once again back in theaters! It’s time for this blog to return to its original purpose, to let you know about new film adaptations as they hit the big (and small) screen. This month brings us famous duels, nobility in space, spooky families, and more!

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 your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This October

Book cover for The Addams Family, an Evilution
The Addams Family, an Evilution
Addams, Charles

Before the many screen appearances of everyone’s favorite spooky family, they made their debut in the darkly comic cartoons of Charles Addams. Their newest feature is a sequel to the 2019 animated film. Featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard, The Addams Family 2 will premiere simultaneously in theaters and for at home rental on October 1, 2021.

Book cover for Dune
Herbert, Frank

Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel follows the Atreides family and their relocation to the dangerous but politically vital planet of Dune. For Dune is the only known source of the Spice, the chemical that allows pilots to fold space and guide ships across the vast reaches of the universe. As his parents navigate the traitorous nobility, young Paul must learn to adapt to this dangerous new environment. The much anticipated second film adaptation of Dune features a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Javier Bardem. It will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22, 2021.

Book cover for Fever Dream
Fever Dream
Schweblin, Samanta

A young mother lies sick in a hospital with a young boy at her side, urgently asking her questions. She is not his mother and he is no ordinary child. Between them they begin to spin a unsettling tale of poison, betrayal and a mother’s desperate love. Samantha Schweblin’s enigmatic Fever Dream was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Shirley Jackson Prize for Best Novella in 2017. Set to premiere on Netflix in October, the film adaptation is an American-Chilean-Spanish production co-written by director Claudia Llosa and the author.

Book cover for The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France
The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France
Jager, Eric

Eric Jager’s The Last Duel is a nonfiction account of the last judicially recognized duel in France. In 1386 knight Jean de Carrouges returned from fighting the Hundred Years’ War to find his wife had accused the squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. Deadlocked on their verdict in the case, the court authorized a trial by combat. Three lives hung in the balance as the two men dueled for should Carrouges lose, his wife faced execution as a false accuser. The story of this duel has become a cultural legend in France and the innocence of each party is debated by historians to this day. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film adaptation was co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer, it will be released in theaters on October 15, 2021.

Book cover for There's Someone Inside Your House
There's Someone Inside Your House
Perkins, Stephanie

When Makani Young moved from Hawaii to Nebraska to live with her grandmother, she hoped to leave her troubled past behind. But as the students in her new high school begin to die in more and more gruesome ways, Makani must confront her secrets if she wants to survive. Starring Sydney Park, the film adaptation of Stephanie Perkins’ There’s Someone Inside Your House will premiere on Netflix on October 6, 2021.