Nia DaCosta is confirmed to direct the film adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut novel “The Water Dancer” for MGM, as reported on April 18.
“The Water Dancer” follows Young Hiram Walker, who was born into bondage, per an official synopsis. As a child, Hiram loses his mother and, over time, all memory of her. Now a young man, Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a mysterious power he never realized he had and struggles to understand.
Author Coates co-produces with Maceo-Lyn along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
‘The Lost City’ Directors on Working with Brad Pitt and What They Learned Making Their First Bigger Budget Movie
With The Lost City opening in theaters, I recently got to speak with directors Adam and Aaron Nee about making the fun action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. During the interview, the brothers talked about what it was like making their first big Hollywood movie, why Tatum and Bullock are so great to work with and always willing to go the extra mile, how they didn’t think Brad Pitt was actually going to be in the movie even when they were told he had committed to the role, what it was like directing him, and more.
Audiences that stay through the credits of The Lost City will be handsomely rewarded for their patience.
The caper, which follows the jungle adventures of a romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model (Channing Tatum) after she’s kidnapped by a treasure-seeking billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe), features a wild and star-studded mid-credits scene.
Watch ‘The Lost City’s Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph Answer Questions with a Lot of Improvisation
With directors Adam and Aaron Nee The Lost City now playing in theaters, I recently got to speak with Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph about making the fun action-comedy. During the wild and often off the rails interview they talked about what people would be surprised to learn about the making of The Lost City, their reaction to Brad Pitt being in the film, but they wouldn’t have any scenes with him, why they loved watching and working with Sandra Bullock, and diarrhea. Why this subject came up will make sense at the end of the conversation…
During a new interview with Insider, Bullock revealed that at one point, Tatum began ad-libbing lines, during a scene where he and Brad Pitt are transporting Bullock’s character to a getaway car. “There’s a scene where they have to get me to a car. [Tatum] and that other actor—I can never remember his name, he’s got blond hair,” Bullock joked about Pitt. “The directors had Channing ad-lib lines to us, and none of his lines were used because I was laughing so hard.”
Bullock and co-star Daniel Radcliffe recently sat down with ET’s Cassie DiLaura, and they reflected on some of the movie’s most exciting scenes — including a daring rescue by Brad Pitt that featured an enormous explosion.
“We only did that shot in one take!” Bullock revealed. “We didn’t know how big the explosion was gonna be. It’s all about preparation, preparation, preparation and then a whole lot of luck.”
“Who knew Channing was going to prance like a little gazelle?” Bullock said of the massive explosion scene’s perfect physical comedy elements. “We didn’t know that Brad was going to flip the hair. I didn’t know it was going to be so loud.”
Bullet Train is on the move. Sony said today that its Brad Pitt action pic from Columbia Pictures is moving back two weeks from July 15 to July 29 — the slot that opened up with the Dwayne Johnson pic Black Adam moved to the fall.