Netflix, RLJE Films Nab David Oyelowo’s 'The Water Man'

THE WATER MAN
Karen Ballard

The family film stars Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson and Lonnie Chavis.

Netflix and RLJE films have picked up the worldwide rights to The Water Man, Selma star David Oyelowo's directorial debut.

RLJE Films has taken the adventure, fantasy pic for North America, while Netflix has the rest of the world rights. The Water Man, A Black List script penned by Emma Needell, portrays a sensitive young boy, played by Lonnie Chavis, who tries to save his mother (Rosario Dawson) from terminal cancer.

He does so by going in search of the town’s bogeyman, The Water Man, who is fabled to have conquered death. The film is produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, ShivHans Pictures, and Yoruba Saxon.

In North America, the film is set to be released day-and-date in theaters and premium video-on-demand on May 7, 2021, and Netflix will release the film internationally later this year. The Water Man also stars Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello.

"To be able to share my directorial debut, The Water Man, with the world through the hands of RLJE Films and Netflix is a dream come true for me,” said Oyelowo in statement.

The Water Man is produced by Oyelowo, Carla Gardini, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson and is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Darren M. Demetre, Connor Flanagan and Needell.