Barry Jenkins to Direct a James Baldwin Novel-adapted Film

Barry Jenkins

For our own obsession, we’re relieved to know that Barry Jenkins is already back at work on his next project. Following the well-deserved success of his critically acclaimed, multi-award winning feature film Moonlight, the director extraordinaire’s next film will be an adaption of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. The 1974 novel tells the story of Tish and Fonny, a young couple living in Harlem, NY with their newborn when a false accusation brings America’s theme of racial discrimination and injustice too close to home.

James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day,” he says of the literary hero. “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.” Production for the film is set to begin in October.

Photography by Jeff Minton

 

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