‘Candyman (2021) helmer, Nia DaCosta has been set to direct an adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-selling novel ‘The Water Dancer.’

Set prior to the pre–Civil War of the South. The story 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.

The film will be produced by Maceo-Lyn, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

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Winfrey had previously named the novel as her first Oprah’s Book Club selection in partnership with Apple, and the book has been named one of the best books of the year by the likes of NPR, The Washington Post and Vanity Fair.

DaCosta’s upcoming features include making the move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with ‘The Marvels’ which will star Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris and Samuel L. Jackson. Her previous features include ‘Candyman’ and 2018’s  ‘Little Woods,’ which starred Tessa Thompson and Lily James.