Magazine article Screen International

'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins Eyes Autumn Start on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Magazine article Screen International

'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins Eyes Autumn Start on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

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James Baldwin adaptation first on Pastel’s production deal with Annapurna.

Barry Jenkins, riding high on the triple Oscar triumph of Moonlight, is lining up an October start on his next project If Beale Street Could Talk.

The project will mark the first under the two-year production deal announced earlier this year between Annapurna and PASTEL, the production label Jenkins set up with Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

Plan B, with whom Jenkins collaborated on Moonlight, is also on board If Beale Street Could Talk, which is based on the novel by James Baldwin and centres on a pregnant Harlem woman who races to prove her lover’s innocence.

If Beale Street Could Talk is something of a passion project for Jenkins, who adapted the screenplay in 2013 around the same time he wrote Moonlight.

Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, said: “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. …

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