I remember watching Moonlight for the first time like it was yesterday. Director Barry Jenkins made me cry and feel emotions I hadn’t felt inside a theater in a long time. Now, new details have released of his next film following Moonlight‘s Best Picture win at 2016’s Oscars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins will direct If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin’s novel from 1974.
The novel is set in 70s Harlem and follows Fonny and Tish, a young couple who has just become engaged. However, Fonny is falsely accused of rape and Tish, who is pregnant with their child, has to race against the clock to find evidence which could exonerate him.
Jenkins surprisingly penned the screenplay during the same summer Moonlight‘s screenplay was written. Talk about hard work and dedication.
Gloria Karefa-Smart, Baldwin’s sister, said in a statement:
“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.”
“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.”
THR said Annapurna will finance and produce the adaptation, and production is expected to begin in October of this year.