Another summer season is about to start and with it a swath of celluloid distractions from the impending heat and humidity outside, projecting eye-popping entertainment some 40 feet high amid air-conditioned comfort (and hopefully accompanied by some sugary and / or salty snacks to munch on as well). There are an ever-growing abundance of sequels and remakes again this summer that will vie for audience attention, as well as a number of literary adaptations, kids fare, and maybe even the odd "original" movie (what a concept!). At the very least, any one of these blockbusters will be a respite from reality, and sometimes, that's all you need to get by for a while.
Keeping with the ever-encroaching race to be the first to debut and cash out at #1, this year's summer movie season for all intents and purposes began back in March with the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which was then followed up in April by the equally pop culture crushing behemoth of Avengers: Infinity War. Both films have garnered enough interest from patrons to catapult those search terms and their related-topic searches to the top of our most searched catalog items for the past few months now.
So, how many summer sequels can a summer sequel-heavy summer get?
Book Club (May 18)
While not necessarily an adaptation, this movie does revolve around one specific book and how Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen play BFFs whose lives are rejuvenated when they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey together.
The Darkest Minds (August 3)
Based on the YA novel of the same name, this sci-fi fantasy follows a group of teens with superhuman powers on the run from the government after a plague has killed off the majority of the country’s children.
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (July 13)
Gus Van Sant directs this based-on-true-events drama about renowned cartoonist John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix), who only discovered his talent when he became a quadriplegic after a drunk driving accident.
BlacKkKlansman (August 10) Spike Lee's newest film, a social commentary-filled dramedy on racism in America, is based on the true story of a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum (who created the genre-breaking and award-winning Get Out in 2017).