A little more about The Double and the film Jake Gyllenhaal would be in talks for
It’s not surprising that the doppelgänger idea was inspirational to many in the past. The subject of a double (mostly a dark one) is indeed fascinating.
Dostoevsky wrote The Double (one of the few Dostoevsky’s works I have yet to read) in 1846:
[The Double] centers on a government clerk who goes mad, obsessed by the idea that a fellow clerk has usurped his identity. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying “pushover” protagonist.
[…] the narrative tone depicts a man whose life is on the verge of destruction due to the sudden appearance of a literal facsimile of his self. This double attempts to destroy the protagonist’s good name […]
“I was reading Dostoevsky’s ‘The Double’ which is about a guy who wakes up and his double’s there starting to replace his life, and I was thinking of how to do something with it,” Aronofsky said. “I went to see Swan Lake at the ballet and didn’t know one dancer played two roles — a white swan and a black swan — and it was sort of an ah-ha moment.”
Earlier today, I found out that another director has planned his own adaptation of this novella, Submarine director Richard Ayoade. The film is in pre-production but part of its cast is already set, namely Jesse Eisenberg in the main role and Mia Wasiowska. As it’s reported here, the film is
[S]et to shoot in the U.K. in spring/summer this year, The Double is inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name.