'Blade Runner 2049' director Denis Villeneuve is reuniting with Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal to make new HBO limited series 'The Son'
Denis Villeneuve is set to direct a HBO limited series based on Jo Nesbo's novel The Son with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role.
The duo will join as executive producers with Gyllenhaal producing under the banners of his New York-based company Nine Stories with his partner Riva Marker.
Marker and Gyllenhaal acquired the rights of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel sometime after 2016.
Set against a backdrop of Oslo's infamous hierarchy of corruption, the series will tell the tale of an amnesiac fugitive, who is running from the law and is addicted to opioids.
According to Deadline, Gyllenhaal gave the book to Villenueve who read it overnight and said yes to adapting it.
The duo found that it would be difficult to contain the novel's complex themes and compelling subplots in a single feature film which led them to agree on making a limited series.
Earlier this year, Villeneuve shared his wish to return to making smaller films after working in large-scale productions like Blade Runner 2049 and his upcoming, much-anticipated Dune Adaptation.
In 2013, the French-Canadian filmmaker collaborated with Jake Gyllenhaal in two back to back films, Prisoners and Enemy.
In September, Gyllenhaal confirmed in the ‘Team Deakins’ podcast that he would be working on a new project with Villeneuve.
In Prisoners, Gyllenhaal starred as the lead detective in a missing children case. In Enemy, the actor played a dull college history professor whose world changes after he finds his doppelganger. Both films have been noted for a brilliant sense of dread and sure-handed direction.