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Jake Gyllenhaal joins ‘Westworld’ Creators for an HBO Series

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So, Jake Gyllenhaal is finally set to make his first notable appearance on the TV screen. He is set to join Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy in an upcoming HBO limited series. It will be an adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Son. Furthermore, Jake Gyllenhaal will be teaming up with his Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve too. And the two will also be executive producers of the mini-series, with Gyllenhaal producing through his Nine Stories banner with Riva Marker as a partner.

What is The Son about?

The HBO mini-series is set to be a tale of vengeance amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption. The story follows Sunny Lofthus (Gyllenhaal) who is an escaped convict and opioid addict. However, he cannot remember his past and is on the run from the law towards an unknown truth.

The executive vice president at HBO programming, Francesca Orsi, had this to say about the film, according to Variety:

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.

How Jake Gyllenhaal got his hands on this series

Jake Gyllenhaal joins 'Westworld' Creators for an HBO Series
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According to sources, The Son was the first book that Nine Stories optioned as a part of their deal with Bold Films back in 2016. Back then, Marker brought the book to Jake Gyllenhaal after Sylvie Rabineau’s recommendation. Seeing the potential of that film, Gyllenhaal gave the book to Villeneuve, whom he worked with on Prisoners. They saw the potential of the book to spark a series like the Bourne films etc. Initially, they wanted to adapt it into a movie. However, they instead decided to make a mini-series out of it. Furthermore, ever since Prisoners, Gyllenhaal was trying his best to reunite with the director Denis Villeneuve, who also worked on Blade Runner 2049.

However, this isn’t the first project Jake Gyllenhaal has done with HBO. HBO announced last year that Gyllenhaal will star in and executive produces a series called Lake Success. It is also based on a novel, by Gary Shteyngart.

Gyllenhaal is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation. At his young age, he has several critically acclaimed and blockbuster hit movies under his belt. These include Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler, Love & Other Drugs, Donnie Darko, Prisoners, Zodiac, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. So, the hopes are sky high for The Son and it seems that HBO has placed its bet on reliable people.

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