Nia DaCosta On Board to Direct Ta-Nehisi Coates' Adaptation of his Novel, ‘The Water Dancer’

Nia DaCosta On Board to Direct Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Adaptation of his Novel, ‘The Water Dancer’

Candyman director Nia DaCosta, who became the first Black female director to debut a weekend movie at the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office has been tapped for her next project.

According to Deadline, DaCosta is being brought on board to direct an adaptation of the 2019 novel The Water Dancer. The work was authored by Ta-Nehisi Coates and will be down under the direction of MGM, Plan B, Harpo Films and Maceo-Lyn.

The Water Dancer was the first book that debuted under Oprah Winfrey‘s Oprah’s Book Club which she premiered in partnership with Apple. The written work was highly regarded as one of the best books of the year by esteemed publications such as Time, NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. The book has over a million copies in print. The author, Coates is adapting it for the screen, through his own company Maceo-Lyn and will be done in conjunction with Plan B and Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

The #1 New York Times bestseller is about Young Hiram Walker, who was born into bondage. He lost his mother as a child and as he gets older, doesn’t have any memories of her. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but realized he has a power he never knew he had as he is saved from the depths. He struggles to understand what he has.

DaCosta is currently doing post-production on the Marvel pic The Marvels. The film, which is slated for a 2023 release stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani.

Last year, Candyman, filmed by Universal/MGM, grossed $20.4 million in its opening weekend, which was more than the original projection of $15 million. The movie, directed by DaCosta is the second-highest-grossing three-day domestic weekend box office for a Black female movie director behind Ava DuVernay‘s Disney movie A Wrinkle In Time.

Before Candyman, DaCosta directed two episodes of Netflix’s Top Boy in 2019 and worked as a writer on the HBO series Industry. DaCosta is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

DaCosta’s film debut was Little Woods, which dealt with several highly debated topics such as access to healthcare, poverty, and the criminal justice system.

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