The Water Dancer is a book written by best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates. On September 23, 2019 Oprah announced her newest Book Club pick — Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer.
Variety reports the film is being backed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and will be produced by Maceo-Lyn, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films. The Water Dancer is a surrealist story that unfolds in the pre–Civil War South. It follows Hiram Walker, born into slavery, who lost his mother as a child and over time loses all memory of her. As a young man, Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but he’s saved from the depths by a mysterious power he never realized he had and struggles to understand. Coates is one of the preeminent cultural and political analysts, well-known for his work at the Atlantic and his non-fiction books such as Between the World and Me.
DaCosta will make history being the first Black female director to helm a Marvel Studios film with The Marvels. She’s already made history and has carved a new path in the horror genre as the first Black woman to direct a big-budget studio film with Candyman.