Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve, who previously worked together on Enemy and Prisoners, are teaming up again for The Son, an adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s crime novel.
Villeneuve is currently tied up with the sequel to Blade Runner, which will hit theaters later in 2017, so The Son won’t be out anytime soon. But the synopsis of the novel sounds intriguing:
Sonny Lofthus has been in prison for almost half his life: serving time for crimes he didn’t commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and a stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his Buddha-like absolution. Years earlier Sonny’s father, a corrupt cop, took his own life rather than face exposure. Now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed. When Sonny discovers a shocking truth about his father’s suicide, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people responsible for his and his father’s demise. But he’s also being hunted, and by enemies too many to count. Two questions remain: who will get to him first, and what will he do when he’s cornered?
What a fascinating crime thriller plot! Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve have done solid work thus far. Enemy is captivating, and Prisoners is one of the finest thrillers of the decade. Fight me on it.