Jake Gyllenhaal has set up a new television project that will no doubt attract major attention. The project in question is a limited series adaptation of Jo Nesbø‘s book The Son. If Nesbø’s name rings a bell, it’s because also wrote The Snowman, which was (infamously) adapted into a 2017 movie starring Michael Fassbender. Gyllenhaal’s involvement in The Son marks the second big TV project for the actor — a notable anomaly considering his resumé has been populated with movie roles and one-off guest appearances on the occasional TV show.
Originally planned as a feature film, The Son will now be transformed into a multi-episode series that tells the story of one father’s quest for vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption. The Son was released back in 2014 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. In a statement on The Son finally lifting off with a masterful creative team behind it, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming Francesca Orsi commented, “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.”
We’ll keep you posted as HBO’s The Son develops.