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Oprah Winfrey & David Oyelowo Are Talking to Disney About ‘The Water Man’

Oprah Winfrey & David Oyelowo Are Talking to Disney About 'The Water Man'

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and David Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon are in talks with Disney to back newcomer writer Emma Needell’s “The Water Man,” which Oyelowo will also star in.

Described as a magical family tale, “The Water Man” follows the adventures of a precocious young boy named Gunner who runs away from home to find a mythical character able to cheat death, known as The Water Man, in order to save his sick mother, as his father, Amos, with whom Gunner has an adversarial relationship with, goes in search of his son – an occurrence that forces them to learn more about each, and likely brings them closer together.

Deadline calls it a mix of “Stand By Me,” and “E.T.”

Oyelowo will play Amos, the father, in addition to producing alongside Oprah Winfrey – assuming Disney comes on board. 

No word yet on potential actors being considered for Gunner.

This will be the third feature film that Oyelowo and Winfrey will work on together, in some facet; the previous 2 being “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.” This is a business of relationships. It’s important to seek them out and nurture them, if you want to survive and hopefully thrive. Unless you’re independently wealthy…

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