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Oprah and Brad Pitt are adapting Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer.

Dan Sheehan

November 11, 2020, 10:33am

It was announced earlier today that MGM is teaming with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and director Kamilah Forbes on a film adaptation of National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2019 bestselling novel, The Water Dancer.

Coates’ debut novel tells the story of Hiram Walker, a young man born into bondage on a Virginia tobacco plantation in the middle of the 19th century, whose mother is sold away when he is just a boy. Though he loses all memory of her, Hiram gains a supernatural ability that sends him on a perilous journey of discovery and liberation.

The Water Dancer was an Oprah’s Book Club pick upon its release last year, while Forbes developed and directed the theater version of Coates’ Between the World and Me and also directed the upcoming Between the World and Me film for HBO.

[via Deadline]

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