The Water-Dancer Movie: What We Know


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The Water-Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates has a movie adaptation in the works. For all the details about a potential big screen version of this book, here’s what we know about The Water-Dancer movie:

What’s it about? What’s the plot?

In The Water Dancer, Hiram Walker is a slave, born on an estate called Lockless in Antebellum Virginia. His mother was sold off when he was young, and she remains in his memory mostly as beautiful woman doing a water-dance with a jug propped upon her head.

But Hiram is notably intelligent, has a strangely sharp memory and possesses a power that he doesn’t entirely understand. As he learns to use this power, it will take him on a journey across America to places he’d never dreamed possible. It will also force him to confront his memories and truths about slavery and his life.

See the Full Review and Summary of The Water-Dancer from The Bibliofile.

What format will it be? Will The Water-Dancer adaptation be a Movie or a Series?

It’s planned as a feature movie.

Who’s behind it?

Oprah’s Harpo Films and Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company are working with MGM and Kamilah Forbes to develop the adaptation of The Water-Dancer.

Producers Oprah and Brad Pitt

Producers Oprah and Brad Pitt

What’s the status of The Water-Dancer adaptation?

The adaptation is currently early in development.

Who’s in the cast?

No casting details have been released yet.

See the full cast (when available) on IMDB.

When will it be released?

Currently unknown.

Is there a trailer or teaser available?

Not yet! Stay tuned.


The Water-Dancer Movie Development Timeline

September 24, 2019 The Water-Dancer (novel) is released.

November 10, 2020 MGM Lands Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’ Film Adaptation From Plan B, Harpo Films And Kamilah Forbes

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