Dune Director's Next Project Is A TV Series with Jake Gyllenhaal

Denis Villeneuve’s cinema run is incredible (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario), but his next project after the upcoming Dune will reunite him with the star of two of his earlier hits. Deadline is reporting that Villeneuve’s next project is a TV series for HBO, adapted from Jo Nesbo’s book The Son, and it’ll star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve have previously made two films together: Prisoners and Enemy. Prisoners also starred Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis, and was a hit; Enemy, a film about a man who meets his exact double, was more under-the-radar, but it’s one of the director’s best.

The Son is set in Oslo, Norway, and is about Sonny Lofthus, an escaped, amnesiac convict with an opioid addiction and a lot of people after him. The book was a best-seller.

Both Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal will executive produce the series as well, alongside Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Athena Wickham. It’s not clear yet if Villeneuve will direct the whole series, or just the pilot.

The idea for the project apparently originated with Gyllenhaal, who gave the book to Villeneuve after enjoying it himself.

The director’s Dune film was originally meant to release this year, but as with many major Hollywood films in 2020, it has been delayed. It’ll now release on October 1, 2021.

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