Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua, who previously collaborated on boxing drama Southpaw, are set to re-team again, this time for a remake of Danish chamber thriller The Guilty. The original film follows a police officer under investigation who is demoted to desk-work at an emergency call centre. He then receives a phone call from a terrified woman. To reveal any more of the plot would be spoiling the film.
Gyllenhaal’s involvement in the remake actually goes all the way back to 2018, but the project has sat idle for a while. Fuqua coming on board, and he and Gyllenhaal already having a working relationship, should speed things along. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has penned the script, while the director of the original film, Gustav Möller, will be one of many producers.
Gyllenhaal said in a statement: “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Antoine again. Our time together on Southpaw was one of the great artistic experiences of my career, and I cannot wait to be back on set with him again. The Guilty is a special story, and one that we all feel very close to”.
The film will shoot in November in a single location in Los Angeles, following rigorous sanitation and safety protocols. The production also reportedly has secured COVID-19 insurance. Fuqua will make the film before teaming with Will Smith into the runaway slave drama Emancipation, which was recently sold to Apple TV + in a huge deal at the virtual version of Cannes.
Gyllenhaal is not only one of the best actors of his generation, but he’s also remarkably smart and consistent with his career choices. Rarely has a film starring him been a complete dud. So with Fuqua – who’s directed such films as Training Day and The Equalizer – now on board, and Pizzolatto having written the script, expectations should be pretty high for this remake.