Jake Gyllenhaal, Denis Villeneuve Reunite For HBO Limited Series
Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve are all set to reunite for HBO’s upcoming limited series “The Son”. The series is based on the adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s New York Times best selling novel of the same name.
Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve will also executive produce the show with Gyllenhaal producing it through his banner Nine Stories along with his partner Riva Marker. HBO’s “Westworld” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will join as executive producers through Kilter Films. Nolan and Joy are also going to serve as show runners. Lenore Zion who wrote “Billions” and “Ray Donovan” is also executive producing and will write the series.
The NY Times best selling novel was billed as “a tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption.” Gyllenhaal will star as Sonny Lofthus, an escaped convict and opioid addict on the run from the law who cannot recall his past and is set on the course of an unknown future.
Sources report Gyllenhaal first came across the book and sent it to Villeneuve who agreed to develop the adaptation. While the pair originally aimed to adapt “The Son” into a feature, the script development process convinced them a longer story format would do better justice to the original source material, hence the limited TV series.
“The Son” will mark the first full length television role of Gyllenhaal’s career although he has previously appeared on shows like “Inside Amy Schumer” and the Netflix special “John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch”.
Gyllenhaal is amongst one of the most talented and celebrated actors of his generation, having earned an Oscar nomination for the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Brokeback Mountain (2005) and two Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his films Nightcrawler (2014) and Love & Other Drugs (2010). He is also known for his roles in films like Donnie Darko (2001) , Prisoners (2013) and Zodiac (2007).
This is the third collaboration of the actor director duo who have previously worked together on critically acclaimed feature films Enemy (2013) and Prisoners (2013). Villeneuve has also earned an Oscar nomination under Best Director category for Arrival (2016). His other credits include Blade Runner-2049 (2017), Sicario (2015) and Incendies (2010). He is currently awaiting the theatrical release of his science fiction film Dune (2021) which was previously scheduled for 20th Nov 2020 release but had to be postponed due to corona break virus.
Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian writer, has had his published work adapted into feature length films in the past, such as The Snowman (2017) and Headhunters (2011) to name a few.