The summer is ending, school is starting. We’ll soon be looking to while away our lonely Septembers with books in some cold corner. Oh, is that just me? For those of you who are looking for a slightly more social way to spend their leisure time, here are the book-to-film adaptations hitting theaters (and streaming services) this month.
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Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name, Tulip Fever is a classic story of love and art set in 17th century Netherlands. Painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) is commissioned to do a portrait of Sophia Sandvoort (Alicia Vikander). They fall in love, but Sophia is married. You can get a sense of the drama. Having had its release date pushed back several times, this film finally drops on September 1st.
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Based on Stephen King’s classic, It will follow seven kids from Derry, Maine who must face off against the shapeshifting monster called only “It.” Well, not only It. Most famously, the creature takes the shape of Pennywise the Clown to terrorize the Losers Club. Audiences look forward to It’s scares, but real-life clowns are scared for other reasons.
The Limehouse Golem
Based on Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 mystery Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, the new film is a murder mystery set in Victorian England. Faced with a string of brutal murders, the public begins to think a mythical Golem is to blame. September 7 will be a great weekend for fans of murder mysteries featuring ancient monsters.
Based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name, American Assassin is an international spy thriller starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch. When Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) enlists in the CIA, he’s trained by grizzled Cold War vet Stan Hurley (Keaton). The duo must take on a mysterious agent named “Ghost” (Kitsch) who’s causing chaos in the Middle East.
Rebel in the Rye
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Not only does this follow legendary Catcher in the Rye author J. D. Salinger during World War II, it’s also based on Kenneth Slawenski’s novel J. D. Salinger: A Life. It’s a movie about a book about a book. Triple threat. Nicholas Hoult stars as J. D. Salinger. Hoult is joined by Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson.
First They Killed My Father
Coming to Netflix, First They Killed My Father is based on Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. This will follow Ung’s experience growing up during the Cambodian Civil War. Having been separated from her family, Ung became a child soldier. This will surely be one to remember.
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Based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, Stronger tells the story of Bauman, who lost his legs after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman.
Victoria & Abdul
Based on the book of the same name by Shrabani Basu, Victoria & Abdul explores the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Dame Judy Dench stars as Victoria (the Empress of India) and Ali Fazal plays Abdul Karim. It looks like September will be a good month to be transported back to the Victorian era!
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