In 2015, it was announced that Selma actor David Oyelowo was in talks to produce and direct Disney film The Water Man, alongside Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films. Written by newbie writer Emma Needell, Oyelowo will also play the titular Water Man and helming the project is now official. The Water Man is a magical family drama about a precocious young boy Gunner who, in order to save his ill mother, runs away from home to find a mythic/legendary character called The Water Man, who has been rumoured to be able to cheat death. While extremely close to his mother, he and his father Amos have an adversarial relationship and are forced to learn about each other as Amos goes on the search for his son.
The movie has elements of Stand By Me mixed with the tonal ambition of classic Steven Spielberg films like E.T or Close Encounters of The Third Kind. Furthermore, Oyelowo joins other Nigerian-British actors like Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Farming) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind) to have their first directorial tryout. We are excited to see how The Water Man pans out and we can’t wait to bring you updates about the movie.