Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey Join Forces as Producers to Deliver Bestselling Ta-Nehisi Coates The water dancer on the big screen.
Commercial entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter says Pitt’s Plan B and Winfrey’s Harpo Films are producing the film for MGM studio. Director Kamilah Forbes, who previously brought Coates’ non-fiction book Between the world and me on stage, will be behind the lens and will also produce.
Located in the southern United States before the Civil War, The water dancer tells the story of Hiram Walker, an African American man with super powers. Hiram’s ability to travel great distances leads him to help African-American slaves escape via the Underground Railroad to shelters and secret routes.
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Coates adapted his first novel for the screen. It was one of Winfrey’s selections for her Oprah’s Book Club. The water dancer was also named one of the books of 2019 by Time, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and much more.
In a joint statement, MGM Studio Film Group Chairman Michael De Luca and Film Group President Pamela Abdy said: “Ta-Nehisi’s first fictional novel has at its heart a beautiful character in Hiram Walker, whose personal odyssey weaves the supernatural and the spiritual, with the terrible reality of the forced separations endured by slaves and their families for centuries.
“Hiram’s story is a story of devotion to those he loves and the journey he takes to bring them together. We are all extremely honored to join Ta-Nehisi, Kamilah, Plan B and Harpo Films in carrying this film on screen. “
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