Fresh off an Oscar win for his film Moonlight, Barry Jenkins is set to adapt “If Beale Street Could Talk” for the big screen according to Variety. The project is based on a James Baldwin novel of the same name and will be distributed by Annapurna Pictures. It marks another big title for the production company turned distributor which is set to release Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated drama Detroit in August.
With production set to begin this October, the film is shooting for a 2018 release. Jenkins wrote the script for the film back in 2013 but only recently received permission to move forward from the Baldwin estate. The Oscar nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro was also based on Baldwin’s work.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” follows a young Harlem girls quest to prove her lovers innocence after being accused of a crime. No casting news has been announced as of yet.
In a statement, Baldwin’s sister Gloria Karefa-Smart expressed delight in being able to work with Jenkins who rose to fame with his 2008 film Medicine For Melancholy. That was the film Karefa-Smart cited as the spark that inspired their confidence in Jenkins saying “We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation. Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose Medicine for Melancholy impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”
This story was reported by Variety.