Alcon Entertainment’s oft-delayed Prisoners is making a serious escape from development hell. Last week it was reported that Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch, Donnie Darko) was in talks to play a detective investigating the kidnapping of a young girl. Now Variety is reporting Paul Dano (pictured above; There Will Be Blood, The Girl Next Door) has joined the cast as well. Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo had previously been cast.
The film, penned by Aaron Guzikowski, “revolves around a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big-city detective assigned to the case.” It’s said to have echoes of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Alcon is targeting a Fall 2013 release through its output deal with Warner Bros.