Nia DaCosta has been rather busy as of late. Not only did she direct the well-received new installment of Candyman, but she's currently filming the Captain Marvel sequel, titled The Marvels. However, DaCosta's career began with the smaller, more dramatic fare that was 2018's Little Woods. As such, her next feature will be a return to that with her set to direct The Water Dancer, based on the 2019 debut novel of the same name by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
The surrealist story, set in the pre–Civil War South, concerns a superhuman protagonist named Hiram Walker who possesses a photographic memory. Through the power of "conduction" of that memory and storytelling, he becomes able to transport people over long distances by folding the Earth like fabric so Hiram can travel across large areas via waterways. Yet, even with his memory, he cannot remember his mother. Coates' own production company Maceo-Lyn is backing the film along with Plan B and Harpo Films. This marks the second collaboration between Plan B and Coates who are currently developing the Ryan Coogler-directed feature Wrong Answer.