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Barry Jenkins Sets ‘IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK’ As His New Project

July 10, 2017

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Following his win for Best Picture at the Academy Awards for last year’s Moonlight, writer and director Barry Jenkins has his new projectIF BEALE STREET COULD TALK will be his next project, an adaption based on James Baldwin’s acclaimed 1974 novel.

If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. It is a celebration of love 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.

Jenkins has been wanting to make this project for years now. He even worked with the script in summer 2013 around the same time he adapted Moonlight. Since then, Jenkins has worked towards securing the trust of the Baldwin Estate.

Gloria Karefa-Smart, Baldwin’s sister said:

“We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaption. Barry is sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

Jenkins said:

“James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time. His interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day. To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true.”

If Beale Street Could Talk marks the first collaboration of Jenkins with Annapurna and a re-team of Moonlight‘s producing team, PASTEL and Plan B.

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