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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to adapt If Beale Street Could Talk

Story by Jack Foley

BARRY Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, will be adapting James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk as his next big screen project.

Based on the author’s 1974 novel, the film will be set in Harlem during the ’70s and follows an engaged couple, Fonny and Tish.

When Fonny is falsely accused of rape, a pregnant Tish races to find the evidence that will prove Fonny’s innocence.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins has worked closely with the Baldwin estate on the project. He penned the screenplay during the same summer, in 2013, that he penned Moonlight.

Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, 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.”

Added Jenkins: “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.”

Jenkins, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay with Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, is currently working on another adaption – he is set to write and direct a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.

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