David Oyelowo has been confirmed to direct and feature in “The Water man”, a Disney film to be co-produced with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.
“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.
Oyelowo joins other Nigerian-British actors like Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Farming) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind), who have made their directorial debut.
“The Water Man” will be written by newbie writer Emma Needell, Oyelowo will also play the titular Water Man.