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May 2018

Books on Screen

May 2018

May's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature film The Seagull; the television film premiere of Fahrenheit 451, along with season two of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix and "Little Women" on PBS, along with the season finales of "Rise" on NBC, and "Arrow" and "The Flash" on the CW; and the DVD releases of Peter Rabbit, Wonderstruck and I Kill Giants.

 

In Theaters


The Seagull

Release Date: May 11th (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.

 



 

On TV
 

 

Film Release

Fahrenheit 451
Air Date: Saturday, May 19th at 8pm ET/PT on HBO
Based on: FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl...and begins to rebel against society.

 

Series/Season Premieres

"Little Women" (3-part series)
Air Dates: Sundays at 8pm ET/PT on PBS "Masterpiece"; Series Premiere on May 13th
Based on: LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott

Loved by generations of women worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary).

"13 Reasons Why"
Release Date: Season Two available May 18th on Netflix
Based on: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

 

Series/Season Finales

"Rise"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on NBC; Season One Finale on May 15th
Based on: DRAMA HIGH: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater, by Michael Sokolove

Inspired by a true story, a working-class community is awakened when its high school theater program takes on an unconventional new leader.

“Arrow”
Air Dates: Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW; Season Six Finale on May 17th
Based on: The DC Comics character Green Arrow, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

When presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in the Pacific, he hides the ways the experience has changed him. As he reconnects with those closest to him, including his sister, Thea, Oliver appears to be the same wealthy, carefree bachelor they've always known. At night, flanked by his devoted friend, Diggle, Oliver uses his secret persona --- that of a vigilante --- to right societal wrongs and transform the city to its former glory.

“The Flash”
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW; Season Four Finale on May 22nd
Based on: The DC Comics character The Flash, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

At 11, Barry Allen's life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learn the truth about his mother's death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession --- a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention --- causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery.

 

Ongoing Series

"Shadowhunters"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on Freeform
Based on: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

On her birthday, Clary Fray discovers a surprise concerning her life. The teenager is not who she thinks she is --- she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids, called Shadowhunters, who hunt demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrust into the world of demon-hunting. Clary relies on mysterious Jace and fellow hunters Isabelle and Alec to help her navigate the dark world. While living in this new world among creatures like vampires and werewolves, Clary's best friend Simon helps her uncover answers that could help her find her mother.

 


 

On DVD
 

Peter Rabbit
DVD Release Date: May 1st
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: The stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

I Kill Giants
DVD Release Date: May 22nd
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Based on: The comic book series I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura

Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

Wonderstruck
DVD Release Date: May 22nd
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick

Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who's life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.