Just a week ago Hollywood news circled a message about the intentions to produce an American version of Jackpot based on the original story by a famous Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo. It seems that yet another novel of the same writer has drawn attention of Nine Stories and Bold Films for adaptation.
According to hollywoodreporter.com, Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve to bring Jo Nesbo’s crime novel The Son to the big screen.
“Denis is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today, and partnering with him on The Son represents everything that Jake and I strived for when we launched the company. Provocative and edgy material in collaboration with a visionary storyteller," Marker said Thursday in announcing the project. "We were attracted to The Son because beneath its dark and violent exterior is a universal story about a man who seeks the truth."
The Son tells the story of Sonny Lofthus, a once-gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose life enters a downward spiral when his cop father commits suicide. After spending 12 years in prison, Sonny escapes when he learns the truth of his father’s death and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal's new production company, recently completed principal photography on its first feature with Bold, David Gordon Green's Stronger, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a working-class Boston man caught up in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Lionsgate will release the pic next year.