LIT GETS REEL: AUGUST 2019 ADAPTATIONS

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August is proving to be the perfect season to drop plenty of adaptations for any and all bibliophile’s appetite. In August 2017, The Glass Castle brought a best-selling memoir to life. August 2018 had the adaptations our book-loving hearts desired in Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. These August 2019 adaptations coming to theaters soon are no exceptions. 

Piranhas – August 2

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Synopsis: Nicola lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanità neighborhood of Naples that is controlled by the Camorra mafia. With the dream of a lush life full of designer clothes and nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his friends begin selling drugs and enter in to the power-hungry world of crime that threatens their innocence, relationships, and safety. Piranhas is adapted from The Piranhas: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – August 9

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Synopsis: The witty and philosophical dog Enzo narrates how he bonds with aspiring Formula One race car driver, Denny Swift, and learns that the techniques needed to win on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. Enzo narrates his insight into the human condition as Denny falls in love with Eve and expands their family with daughter Zoe. The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Garth Stein.

The Kitchen – August 9

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Three Hell’s Kitchen housewives are left with little buy an axe to grind after their mobster husbands are sent to prison. The women take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands and unexpectedly prove to be adept at everything from running rackets to literally taking out the competition. The Kitchen was adapted from the Vertigo comic book series of the same name by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – August 9

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Synopsis: The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed for generations over the small town of Mill Valley. In the Bellows mansion on the edge of town, Sarah Bellows is a young girl with horrible secrets. She turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories that become way too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is adapted from selected stories Alvin Schwartz’s book series of the same name.

Where’d You Go Bernadette – August 16

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Synopsis: Bernadette Fox lives in Seattle with her loving husband and brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off to solve the mystery of where she might have gone. Where’d You Go Bernadette is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Maria Semple. 

Official Secrets – August 30

Synopsis: Charged with breaking Britain’s Official Secrets Act by leaking a classified email to the press, Katherine Gun faces imprisonment. Katherine reaches out to one of the country’s top lawyers, Ben Emmerson, to defend her actions to help stop an unjust war. Official Secrets is adapted from The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katherine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell. 

Your Turn

So…which of the August 2019 adaptations are you excited to see? Have you read the books that inspired them? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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