Variety reports that Jenkins is set to direct the film off his own screenplay, which he wrote in the same summer of 2013 as "Moonlight." He is working with the Baldwin estate on this long-simmering passion project, which is expected to begin production this fall.
"If Beale Street Could Talk" is a love story centered on Fonny and Trish, who live in Harlem in the early '70s. When Fonny is falsely imprisoned for rape, Trish has to work to set him free, all while expecting their first child.
"James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day," Jenkins said.""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."