Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins has set his first post-Moonlight feature film with an adaptation of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK for Annapurna Pictures. The project is based on the novel by James Baldwin and has been an interest of Jenkins for years after he wrote the script in 2013.
The story follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. It’s a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.
“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,” said Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, on behalf of the Baldwin Estate.
“James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day,” Jenkins said. “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.”
This will be Jenkins’ first project with Annapurna and will be produced by the Moonlight producing team of PASTEL and Plan B.