Yesterday (Aug. 2), literary enthusiasts and fans of the late, great James Baldwin celebrated what would have been the acclaimed author’s 92nd birthday. Baldwin died of stomach cancer in France on December 1, 1987, but his legacy lives on. In addition to that, a documentary focused on the Giovanni’s Room writer might be in the works. According to Shadow and Act, Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck is developing a documentary about him.
However, to say “in development” would be a bit of an understatement. Raoul Peck has been reportedly working on a James Baldwin doc for the past six years. Described by Peck as a “a very creative documentary,” the film will be focused on a treatment for a book that James Baldwin wrote centering around civil rights torchbearers Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Given the fact the Peck has the rights to all of Baldwin’s writings, fans of the late author can only hope that the documentary is handled with the care and quality that Baldwin deserves.