Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve Tackling Crime Drama THE SON

Jake Gyllenhaal and his ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Enemy’ writer-director Denis Villeneuve are reportedly set to reteam for an adaptation of acclaimed Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø’s ‘The Son.’

Nesbø’s crime thriller follows Sonny Lofthus, a strangely charismatic and complacent young man serving prison time in Olso for crimes he did not commit. But when Sonny learns that his father, who is said to be a corrupt cop, has been murdered with the scene made to look like he committed suicide, he escapes and sets out to avenge the killing. Along the way, he also begins to rectify the crimes to which he confessed.

In addition to starring, Gyllenhaal will produce the adaptation alongside his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker, and Michel Litvak of Bold Films. Nesbo, Niclas Salomonsson, and Bold Films’ Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.

Channing Tatum once eyed an adaptation of the crime thriller as for his directorial debut.