HBO has given a series order to The Son, it was announced today by Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. The limited series will star and be executive produced by Nine Stories’ Jake Gyllenhaal.
Denis Villeneuve will direct and executive produce. Writer Lenore Zion will showrun and executive produce with Kilter Films’ Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Nine Stories’ Riva Marker and Kilter Films’ Athena Wickham will also executive produce.
The series is based on The Son (buy at Amazon), from New York Times bestselling-author Jo Nesbø, which is described as a tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption.
Bold Films’ David Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, Michel Litvak and Svetlana Metkina also serve as executive producers with Jo Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson. Nine Stories Productions, Kilter Films and Bold Films will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“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,” said Orsi.
“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.”
Jo Nesbø’s novel’s is officially described as follows: “Sonny Lofthus has been in prison for almost half his life: serving time for crimes he didn’t commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin – and a stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his Buddha-like absolution. Years earlier Sonny’s father, a corrupt cop, took his own life rather than face exposure.
“Now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed. When Sonny discovers a shocking truth about his father’s suicide, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his and his father’s demise. But he’s also being hunted, and by enemies too many to count. Two questions remain: who will get to him first, and what will he do when he’s cornered?”
Jake Gyllenhaal is an Academy Award and Tony nominated actor, as well as a producer of note with his company Nine Stories. Gyllenhaal starred in Sony Pictures highest-grossing film of all time Spider-Man: Far From Home and Ang Lee’s classic Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.
His credits also include Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, for which he received Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations; Bong Joon Ho’s Okja; David Ayer’s End of Watch; Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw; Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners and Enemy; Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko; David Fincher’s Zodiac; Sam Mendes’ Jarhead; Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely and Amazing; Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, for which he earned a BAFTA nomination.
Through Nine Stories, Jake Gyllenhaal is currently producing The Guilty for Netflix to be directed by Antoine Fuqua and will begin filming mid-November in Los Angeles.
He’s also producing Snow Blind, to be directed by Gustav Möller at Apple+, Janicza Bravo’s adaptation about writer Dan Mallory for Annapurna, among others.