Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Ambulance”) looks to be lining up his next role, and it appears it will be a new series at Apple TV+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is currently in talks to star in and executive produce the new legal murder mystery drama, “Presumed Innocent,” based on the 1987 Scott Turow novel of the same name.
Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks For Apple TV+’s ‘Presumed Innocent’
The show is currently in the works as a limited series for the streamer and would adapt the Turow bestselling book. Apple TV+ previously ordered the drama straight to series earlier this year.
The show already has a strong pedigree behind the camera, with creatives David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Ally McBeal), Dustin Thomason (“Castle Rock”), and J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Super 8,” “Felicity,” “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) all onboard to produce the project.
Gyllenhaal would star in the show as Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who sees his world turned upside down when one of his close colleagues is murdered, and the evidence soon begins to point at himself. This would mark Gyllenhaal’s first outing in an ongoing television series role.
The first time “Presumed Innocent” was adapted for the screen was a 1990 feature film starring Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi, Brian Dennehy, and Bonnie Bedelia. It was directed by Alan J. Pakula. The film was a hit at the box office at the time, grossing $86 million.
The new version from Kelley will be a “reimagining” of the original novel. According to the new show’s logline, “Obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.”
The show is being co-produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot and David E. Kelley Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Bad Robot has currently set up shop. Kelley is attached as the showrunner and executive producer, with Abrams also executive producing with Brad Robot’s Rachel Rusch Rich, Matthew Tinker, Dustin Thomason, Sharr White, and Gyllenhaal. Turow and Miki Johnson will co-executive produce the series.
Warner Bros. TV and Bad Robot also worked on “Little Voice” and “Lisey’s Story” for Apple TV+. They are also collaborating on a live-action update for “Speed Racer” on Apple TV+ as well.
Gyllenhaal currently stars in the new Disney CG-animated adventure film, “Strange World.” As previously reported by The Blast, the film is expected to be one of Disney’s costliest failures of the year, and it will likely lose an estimated $147 million for the studio. The film is playing in theaters now.
His next film will be Guy Ritchie’s “The Covenant.” He’s also working on a remake of “Road House” for director Doug Liman and Amazon Studios.
Thus far, this TV update of “Presumed Innocent” looks like it has an A-list crew behind the camera, and Gyllenhaal starring in the role once played by Ford on the big screen looks to be an interesting prospect. It will be interesting to see how the show develops.
“Presumed Innocent” will be available on Apple TV+ later on.