Earlier this month, actor Jake Gyllenhaal teased he would be teaming up again with director Denis on another project, after having previously worked together on the films Enemy and Prisoners (Both released in 2013). Now, it's been confirmed today that they are both attached to the upcoming HBO series adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's 2014 crime novel The Son.
In confirming the series, HBO describes the novel’s story as “a tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption" though the official synopsis for the novel is as follows:
Sonny Lofthus is serving time for crimes he did not commit. As payment, he receives a steady supply of drugs to satisfy his addiction. His life changes completely when he learns the truth about his father's death.
It's presumed that Gyllenhaal will star as Sonny while Villeneuve is attached to direct while Lenore Zion will serve as showrunner and writer. Zion is also set to executive produce alongside Kilter Films’ Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Athena Wickham, and Gyllenhaal himself through his Nine Stories banner alongside Riva Marker. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming had this to say alongside the announcement of the series:
“Jonah and Lisa are a formidable creative force and we are excited to collaborate with them again, alongside the brilliant Lenore, to adapt Jo Nesbø’s novel. Denis is a master at weaving visually exquisite and unique narratives, Jake is a gifted actor and producer whose work often traverses provocative and compelling terrain, and of course, he and Denis have collaborated brilliantly in the past. We are beyond excited to see how this powerhouse team tackles this exceptional work.”
Hopefully, given Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve's track records together and separate, the series will be as equally powerful, visually striking, and mentally exhausting to process. The sign of great work and great artists. Stay tuned!