Jake Gyllenhaal has taken the lead job in the comic-book adaptation of Rob Liefeld’s Prophet, which will be coordinated by Sam Hargrave for Studio 8. Liefeld created Prophet in the pages of his Image Comics series, Youngblood, in 1992. John Prophet starts off as a vagrant who volunteers to participate in medical analyses by an evil, time-traveling doctor, which gives him superhuman strength. Eventually, Prophet’s “programming” is changed to acceptable, and he’s placed in stasis in request to have the option to battle evil disciples later on. His origins are similar in design to that of Captain America and/or Bucky Barnes, AKA The Winter Soldier, however set within the Image Comics universe.
Now, Gyllenhaal is stacking another comic-book property onto his resume, as he’s set to play the lead in Prophet, according to THR, which will be coordinated by Extraction’s Sam Hargrave from a content by Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim. The story sounds similar to the comic-book origins with THR reporting it as Prophet volunteering “for a Nazi examination near the finish of World War II” yet is covered in a bombing, only to awaken 20 years later in the year 1965 where things deteriorate. “The world has continued on without him, his daughter despises him, and KGB agents are after him to create super-soldiers from his blood” says the report. Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov says that they’ve been trying to get Gyllenhaal and Hargrave together on a task. Robinov will deliver Prophet alongside John Graham, Adrian Askarieh from Prime Universe Films, Liefield, and Brooklyn Weaver. Read his statement beneath:
“I’m looking forward to seeing what they envision for bringing this story to life — a story we’re certain will stand out in the comic book world as an amazing, emotionally charged and visually distinctive film.”
Gyllenhaal appears to have a fever for comic-book films these days, as this is his third undertaking going from page-to-screen. His appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home was met with energy, and the actor appears to be leaning into more of the spectacle entertainment of late, while as yet finding time to do smaller independent movies at the same time. The Donnie Darko actor has developed a lot from his early days as an actor and feels prepared to start making a greater impact with high-profile projects like Prophet, and his assorted arrangement of jobs stacked on his upcoming ventures list hopes to keep him occupied for the following not many years, so get comfortable for the Gyllenhaal renaissance.