Following their previous collaborations on Prisoners and Enemy, actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve have teamed up for the third time now, this time to work on a limited series drama based on a Norwegian novel for HBO.
The novel is by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, titled “The Son.” It’s “a tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption.” The plot follows Sonny Lofthus, a “strangely charismatic and complacent young man,” who is serving time for crimes he did not commit. As payment, he receives a steady supply of drugs to satisfy his addiction. His life changes completely when he learns the truth about his father’s death.
The original book’s writer will join Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve as executive producer, alongside writer Lenore Zion — whose previous works include Billions, Channel Zero, and Ray Donovan — and Westworld veterans Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy of Kilter Films.