From Page to Screen (July 2017)

The month of July has a few interesting movies in store for comedy, action and comic books fans. While I’m not familiar with the original works they are based on, except for friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, let’s hope the adaptations are hits and not misses.

“The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio

In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death, and corruption, featuring a host of characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for “ten days,” Boccaccio’s book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life, and has influenced the work of myriad writers who came after him. (Source: Chapters Indigo)

In theatres: July 21, 2017

“The Coldest City” by Antony Johnson

November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will comedown with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak &dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed inBerlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it. (Source: Chapters Indigo)

In theatres: July 28, 2017

For comic books fans, rejoice! The long-awaited reboot of Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, will premiere during the first week of July. While the iconic superhero was portrayed by different actors in the past, according to critics this is the best version yet. As for the adventures of Valérian and Laureline, I have faith in Luc Besson, the producer and director of the movie.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” by Stan Lee

In theatres: July 7, 2017

“Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin & Jean-Claude Mézières

In theatres: July 21, 2017

Happy reading and enjoy the movies!

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