David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man, a family adventure film has been acquired by RLJE Films and Netflix.
The film, which debuted at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival, will now hit U.S. theatres and Premium VOD on May 7 via RLJE, with Netflix releasing the film later this year internationally.
The film centres on Gunner (Lonnie Chavis), who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, The Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them and in the process will discover who his son really is. Alfred Molina and Maria Bello also star. The script is written by Emma Needell
The Water Man, from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, ShivHans Pictures, and Yoruba Saxon, is produced by Oyelowo, Carla Gardini, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson. Executive producers are Winfrey, Darren M. Demetre, Connor Flanagan, and Needell.
Oyelowo is also collaborating with Oprah Winfrey on Insecure star Yvonne Orji who is tapping into her experience as a Nigerian-born, first-generation American in First Gen, a half-hour comedy, which is in development at Disney+. Written by Orji, First Gen is based on Orji’s personal experiences growing up as a Nigerian immigrant in America. As a child, she’s caught between trying to honor her parents and culture while simultaneously trying to assimilate to American life. Orji executive produces with Harpo’s Winfrey and Carla Gardini and Oyelowo via his Yoruba Saxon Productions.
Oyelowo can currently be seen starring opposite Angelina Jolie in the fantasy drama Come Away, which he also produced, and in George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky. Next, he will be seen in Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, and in Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. Oyelowo is currently in production on Searchlight Pictures untitled murder mystery thriller, in which he stars alongside Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell.