Jake Gyllenhaal is close to landing his first major TV gig, and it’s an adaptation of a novel that has already been turned into a courtroom thriller starring Harrison Ford. Variety reports Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in Presumed Innocent, an Apple TV+ limited series based on the Scott Turow book.
Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley is aboard to adapt the novel and act as showrunner. The story will remain intact, centering on Chicago prosecutor Rusty Sabich who is accused of murder and must fight against political forces to prove his innocence while also trying to save his marriage.
JJ Abrams is part of the team as an exec-producer through his Bad Robot label.
A film adaptation directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Harrison Ford was released in 1990. Turow also wrote a novelized sequel, Innocent, which was published in 2010 and turned into a TV movie.
Coming up for Gyllenhaal is Guy Ritchie’s thriller The Covenant, along with a Road House remake from Doug Liman.