Jake Gyllenhaal has reportedly secured the rights to produce and star in a film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical “Fun Home” for Nine Stories reports Baz Bamigboye.
Gyllenhaal will play Bruce Bechdel, father of cartoonist Alison Bechdel on whose graphic memoir the show is based. The story chronicles Bechdel’s experience coming into her own as a lesbian and coping with the suicide of her closeted father (Gyllenhaal).
The musical features a Tony-winning book by Lisa Kron and a Tony-winning score by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Kron (lyrics).
Gyllenhaal only churns out about two films a year, last year appearing in both “Velvet Buzzsaw” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” but his name has been linked to a half dozen projects in recent times.
These include the film adaptation of the video game “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” Brian Helgeland’s crime drama “Finest Kind,” Daniel Espinosa’s “The Anarchists vs ISIS,” the mini-series “Lake Success,” the mystery thriller “Rio,” the fairly self-explanatory “The Helicopter Heist,” and a Leonard Bernstein biopic.
Gyllenhaal has also been making headlines lately for his work as Mr. Music in John Mulaney’s recent Netflix comedy special.