Jake Gyllenhaal Is Coming to TV to Play a Literary Scammer

Curated via Twitter from W Magazine’s twitter account….

"What may have started out as my dog ate homework turns into my mother died of cancers, my brother took his life, and I have a double doctorate,” Bravo told Deadline. “Our protagonist is white, male, and pathological.

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Back in 1994, a tweenage Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on an episode of police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street, but since then, he’s mostly stuck to films—aside from a few sketch comedy show guest appearances here and there.

While the release of her film Zola (yes, the one based on a Twitter thread) has been continually delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the buzz around the project is strong.

Interestingly, in between the release of A Woman in the Window and the New Yorker article, a movie adaptation of the novel starring Amy Adams was produced.

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Gyllenhaal will star as Dan Mallory, a young novelist and former editor whose debut novel The Woman in the Window (written under the pen name A. J.

Interestingly, many of those projects are based on the tales of female scammers, but Bravo wants to put the attention back on the schemes of the other sex.

His more serious fabrications included a fake doctorate degree from Oxford, lies about suffering from brain tumors, and the deaths and suicides of his still-very-much-alive mother and two brothers.

Mallory may have also lied about things like a past life as a model who appeared on a Russian Vogue cover and a personal friendship with Ricky Martin.

Now, 26 years latter, Gyllenhaal is heading back to the small screen, and teaming up with one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming directors Janicza Bravo in the process.

Though the series has no official title at the moment, it will be an adaptation of a 2019 New Yorker article titled "A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions".

Television and film adaptations of true life scammer stories are certainly all the rage at the moment.

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