Few things are more gratifying than seeing a beloved story go from page to screen in a well-made adaptation. The anticipation, the sense of community in the dark theatre, and the speculation of “how will they do this part?” all add up to a bookworm’s ideal evening. This summer, avoid rising temperatures and escape the sun with a movie ticket for one of these must-see literary adaptations. From thrillers and horrors to family dramas, this season’s lineup of book-to-film premieres has it all.
Release Date: August 9
Remember those raggedy scary story books you checked out of your elementary school library? The ones with the eerie black and white illustrations? Well get ready to revisit some old haunts, because childhood nostalgia meets horror as Alvin Schwartz’s scary stories are brought to life. These classic stories unfold as a group of teenagers stumble upon a peculiar book in a haunted house in the film by Guillermo del Toro and directed by André Øvreda.
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Get your crime drama fix with the film adaptation of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström’s thriller Three Seconds, which follows an undercover ex-convict sent to infiltrate a drug operation in a high-security prison. However, things don’t go as planned, and a Swedish detective joining the case may reveal a deeper conspiracy than originally believed.
Release Date: August 16
Cate Blanchett and Maria Semple’s best seller are a match made in film adaptation heaven. Throw in Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer, and you have a blockbuster in the making. Get ready to see these stars take on a tale about a loving mother who suddenly disappears. Her 15-year-old daughter, Bee, leads the search to find her beloved mother in this touching and comedic story of family, friendship, and rediscovery.
Release Date: September 6
It wouldn’t be summer without a chilling horror to balance out the lighthearted fun. Stephen King’s It returns to the big screen to tackle the second half of his classic novel. Set 27 years after their first encounter with Pennywise, It Chapter Two brings the Loser Club back together for another nightmarish adventure.
Release Date: September 13
Ansel Elgort just can’t seem to stay away from book-to-film adaptations. This time Elgort will take on the role of Theodore Decker as he navigates life in the wake of the terrorist attack that killed his mother, which spurs a series of extreme life choices that take him around the world.
Mark your calendars and start reading now to prepare for a summer of stories coming to life on the big screen.