Movie ver­sion of Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Writer-di­rec­tor Barry Jenk­ins’ fea­ture-film fol­lowup to his Os­car­win­ning “Moon­light” will be an adap­ta­tion of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” An­na­purna Pic­tures an­nounced Mon­day that Jenk­ins will start shoot­ing the film in Oc­to­ber. Jenk­ins said adapt­ing Baldwin’s 1974 novel about love and in­jus­tice in 1970s Har­lem is “a dream I’ve long held dear.” He penned the screen­play in the same 2013 sum­mer dur­ing which he wrote “Moon­light” from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play. The Baldwin es­tate has given its bless­ing to the film, which fol­lows Raoul Peck’s Os­car-nom­i­nated Baldwin doc­u­men­tary “I Am Not Your Ne­gro.” “If Beale Street Could Talk” will re­turn much of the pro­duc­tion team be­hind “Moon­light,” in­clud­ing pro­ducer Adele Ro­man­ski and Plan B. Jenk­ins is also devel­op­ing a se­ries for Ama­zon based on Col­son White­head’s “The Un­der­ground Rail­road.”

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