Barry Jenkins is lining up his next film. The Moonlight director has set his sights on a James Baldwin novel as his next feature. Per Variety:
Barry Jenkins is set to direct an adaptation of “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures, marking his first feature film since his hit “Moonlight” won this year’s best picture Oscar.
The project marks another high-profile title for Annapurna, which recently entered the distribution game after spending years as a financier. Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” which bows on Aug. 4, is the first movie under the studio’s new slate.
Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while caring for their first born child.
Production on the film is expected to start in October.
But I’m really looking forward to what Jenkins will do with this.