Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories Productions is teaming up again with Bold Films on a feature adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s THE SON. Denis Villeneuve is set to direct. Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal previously worked together on Enemy and Prisoners.
The crime drama follows the life of Sonny Lofthus, a once gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose downward spiral ensues when his cop father commits suicide. For the past twelve years, Sonny’s time in prison has been nurtured by an uninterrupted supply of heroin from a seedy chaplain on the inside. When Sonny learns long-hidden truths about his father’s unexpected death, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
Gyllenhaal produces with Riva Marker and Bold’s Michel Litvak. Gary Michael Walters, Nesbo, and Niclas Salomonsson are executive producing.
Nesbo is a popular Scandinavian writer, his work selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. His novel The Snowman was adapted by Tomas Alfredson for Working Title.
Nine Stories has been very busy recently, finishing principal photography on David Gordon Green’s Stronger about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, based on The New York Times bestseller. They are also in development on This American Life with Tony-nominee Alex Timbers set to direct, The Man Who Made It Snow from Antoine Fuqua, and an A&E anthology series exploring American cults.
Villeneuve is currently working on Story Of Your Life, starring Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. He will next start production on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford.
Emily J | Staff Writer