Jenk­ins to direct If Beale Street Could Talk

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Barry Jenk­ins is to direct 'If Beale Street Could Talk'. The 37-year-old film­maker - whose lat­est movie 'Moon­light' won the Acad­emy Award for Best Pic­ture ear­lier this year - is set to helm an adap­ta­tion of the James Baldwin novel as his next project fol­low­ing his Os­car suc­cess. Ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety, Jenk­ins has been keen to make the movie for some time and penned the script in the same sum­mer as he wrote 'Moon­light', for which he per­son­ally won the Best Adapted Screen­play Os­car this year. The book tells the story of 19-year-old Tish who gets en­gaged 22-year-old Fonny and is then tasked with try­ing to prove his in­no­cence af­ter he is falsely ac­cused of rape. Baldwin's sis­ter Glo­ria Karefa-Smart is thrilled the Baldwin Es­tate will be team­ing up with Jenk­ins for the forth­com­ing film She 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." Jenk­ins added: "James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his in­ter­ro­ga­tions of the Amer­i­can con­scious­ness have re­mained rel­e­vant to this day. "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."

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