Jake Gyllenhaal Leaves ‘Into the Woods’ as ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets a Green Light

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Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Leaves Into the Woods as Nightcrawler Gets a Green Light

Jake Gyllenhaal has had a quiet year when it comes to movie roels, but the actor’s latest crime drama, Prisoners - in which he plays a detective attempting to find the kidnapped children of a Boston resident (Hugh Jackman), who in turn decides to kidnap the man he thinks is responsible for their disappearance. Prisoners definitely looks like it’s a tense ride, and Gyllenhaal is already lining up new roles in films, including another crime-thriller.

Earlier this year, Gyllenhaal was in talks for the role of a charming Prince in the Disney adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up musical, Into the Woods. Rob Marshal (Chicago) is directing the fantasy adventure, and Gyllenhaal was set to star alongside big names like Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick.

Now TheWrap reports that Gyllenhaal is “out of the woods” altogether, as the indie movie that he is producing and starring in, Nightcrawler, has just been greenlit with financing from Bold Films. The movie is not, sadly, the X-Men spin-off that it sounds like, but is rather a crime-thriller in which Gyllenhaal will play a small-time crook in Los Angeles who allows himself to get swept up in the nocturnal world of crime journalism. The script was penned by The Bourne Legacy co-writer Dan Gilroy, who also plans to direct Nightcrawler.

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Nightcrawler may not be the only reason that Gyllenhaal has decided to walk away from Into the Woods; he’s also currently in talks to star in mountain climbing thriller Everest with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke, which will begin filming shortly after Nightcrawler‘s intense five-week shoot in October and early November. Since a commitment to Into the Woods would have required Gyllenhaal to be on set during random dates throughout October and November, this likely would have prevented him from doing either of the other movies.

Looking at Gyllenhaal’s acting history, Into the Woods is somewhat outside of his preferred genres. Having first made a name for himself in surreal sci-fi cult hit Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal has mostly stuck with independent movies and dramas with fairly modest budgets like Brokeback Mountain and The Good Girl. His last Disney film, the video game adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, performed reasonably well at the box office but left audiences and critics alike unimpressed.

Were you looking forward to seeing Gyllenhaal head Into the Woods, or do you feel that he’s better suited to fare like Everest and Nightcrawler?


Nightcrawler doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on further casting details as it moves towards production. Into the Woods is out in theaters on Christmas Day, 2014.

Source: TheWrap

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  1. GAAHH! It should say (Not ‘X-Men’) in the article title, I was so excited :(

  2. Fox lawsuit for the title Nightcrawler in 3 2 1…

  3. HA!! Take that Disney!

    And I thought it was an X-Men spinoff at first glance too, reason I clicked the article lol. *sigh*

  4. WTF!!!! I thought for sure I was going to get to see X-mens Nightcrawler, and some of the other x-men team up.

    • Prisoners actually looks decent. As for Nightcrawler, now there is a X-Men spin-off I could handle. Or one about Cyclops!

  5. Lol thought they were referring to the Judas Priest song, “Nightcrawler.”

    “Straight out of hell
    One of a kind
    Stalking it’s victims
    Don’t look behind you, Nightcrawler

    Beware the beast in black, Nightcrawler
    You know he’s coming back, Nightcrawler”
    -Judas Priest

  6. Yes Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Gambit, PSylocke, Archangel, Rogue, Colossus, Sinister, Apocalypse, Sabretoothe, Beak, Husk, Juggernaught, and John Sublime. Others like Beast, Wolverine,(etc) have had so much more story, and been in other films we need to see these characters get some love.

  7. Nightcrawler seems like a satire to modern television news about how they choose their leads or often seek for more ratings by entertaining their viewers rather than aim straightly to the facts. But there is a much interesting story beneath here and that is the main character, Louis Bloom. The guy that easily manipulates people with his sinister tricks of persuasion. Everything else may just be the natural world of crime and accidents, but in the eyes of this character, the experience is made far stranger and oddly fascinating. This provides a compellingly menacing and provoking piece of commentary which results to such engrossing film.

    What the plot mostly does is to fully absorb the viewers into the character of Bloom by studying his sociopathic behavior and the words coming out from his mouth. He is a charming young man with a dark intention hidden behind his grins. He pushes the limits of the law and his own safety, only to accomplish on what he must do in the job, even if it risks many people’s lives. The actions of this antihero is ought to feel terrifying on how it affects to both the business he’s working on and the society he is watching. The media’s side however is more of a picture of cynicism on how they broadcast the scariest stories of the city, giving the people fear so they could earn more viewers out of the concern. It just breaks down on how the evil of their success is disguised as their own ethics.

    The filmmaking perfectly captures their night’s work. You couldn’t clearly see the scenario they shoot unless you watch them on a video footage. The violence and peril they witness are shown without any hint of sympathy, since they only use them for the news show. The horror of these gritty scenes once again belongs to the nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the biggest highlights here. His character obviously has the personality of a psychotic villain; he is mostly bluffing, and by the dashing enthusiasm he shows to the people around him, you probably may not know when his inner total madness will burst out from his frightening eyeballs, and that provides more tension than you expect. This is one of the Gyllenhaal performances that will be remembered for his career.

    Out of common sense, this story may lead its main character to a moral about how much he is taking this job too far, probably destroying his humanity. But no, this guy is relentless, almost inhumane, and his style in fact helps his career grow bigger, which turns out we are actually rooting for a villain. And that probably pictures to some oppressive ambitious beings out there behind some system. This is where things go in the end, bringing an outcome to a social satire. You can spot a lot of relevance even when some of the situations get a little out of hand. Nightcrawler is something else than a sentiment, what we must focus here is Lou Bloom: a new, possibly iconic, movie vigilante, except the only skin he is purposely saving is himself and his career.