Jake Gyllenhaal plays a 27-year-old man who loses both his legs in the 2013 bombing on Boylston Street in the film “Stronger”. Gyllenhaal is said to have delivered an incredibly powerful performance which in test screenings with amputees received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
It’s also the first project from Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal’s production company which he launched with producer Riva Marker with whom he is developing a range of projects bringing together the best of Indie film talent out there right now.
So what’s on ‘Nine Stories’ upcoming slate their aims and ambitions.
Gyllenhaal has two goals in mind. “One is to find the material I can do as an actor. And also, it’s to champion the filmmakers we love.” He notes that whenever he’s not appearing in a project, he’ll be more involved behind the camera only.
‘Nine Stories’ slate is a mix of sizes and genres, the company just closed a deal with Fox Searchlight for the next movie from “The Big Sick” director Michael Showalter, called “The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob.” Based on a Texas Monthly article, it tells the story of a female bank robber in the ’90s who got away with her heists by dressing up in men’s attire. “It’s an opportunity for a tour de force role,” Marker says. “It’s a woman playing a man.”
Also at Nine Stories is “The Son,” to be directed by Denis Villeneuve; “The Anarchists vs ISIS,”; Luca Guadagnino’s drama “Rio,” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal; and “The Good Time Girls,” the directorial debut from costume designer Courtney Hoffman, starring Laura Dern.
Gyllenhaal wants to support more films with female-led narratives, writers and directors.
Nine Stories titles are financed through a first-look deal with Bold Films, an agreement that was recently extended through 2020 and is currently in post-production with the documentary “Hondros,” which is about the celebrated war photographer and has already sold to Netflix.
Gyllenhaal is also taking off in the fall season from acting to focus on his role as a producer.