Barry Jenkins To Direct “If Beale Street”

Following his Oscar Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay wins for “Moonlight,” filmmaker Barry Jenkins has announced his follow-up picture, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures.

The story follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her fiance’s innocence while carrying their first born child.

The project is dubbed “a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

Baldwin was the subject of the acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”. Jenkins has been trying to adapt the novel for years, but only recently acquired the approval of Baldwin’s estate.

Filming is expected to begin this October for a 2018 release.

Source: Variety