Jake Gyllenhaal working on adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s THE SON

American actor Jake Gyllenhaal and the production company behind his film Nightcrawler have teamed up to bring Jo Nesbø’s crime novel The Son to the big screen.

Nine Stories’ producers Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker as well as Bold Film’s Michel Litvak are behind the project, and Jo Nesbø has signed up as executive producer alongside Niclas Salomonsson. Denis Villeneuve has been attached to direct.

This comes after Nesbø’s novel The Snowman has been adapted into a film by Tomas Aldredson for Working Title, with the film having just wrapped shooting.

The Son follows the story of Sonny Lofthus, a once gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose downward spiral ensues when his cop father commits suicide. For the past twelve years, Sonny’s time in prison has been nurtured by a supply of heroin from a seedy chaplain. When Sonny learns about his fathers unexpected death, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.



No release date has been announced for the film.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.