The Helicopter Heist
Filmmaker-duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, who won an Oscar for ‘Best Documentary’ for Free Solo, are in early talks with Netflix to helm the movie based on Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. Gyllenhaal will also produce the drama with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker and ACE Content partner Evan Hayes (Free Solo).
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest national newspaper, has announced a list of this summer’s best audiobooks, and on it is Kristina Ohlsson’s Unwanted and Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist. The newspaper motivates its choices thusly:
Kristina Ohlsson, Unwanted: “It’s easy to be taken with the series about civil investigator Fredrika Bergman. /…/ An easy-to-listen-to crime novel that quickly absorbs you and has an ending that’s hard to guess at beforehand.”
Jonas Bonnier, The Helicopter Heist: “A pacey and thoroughly entertaining story about one of the most spectacular robberies in Swedish history. The audiobook’s capacity to give life to different kinds of speech and jargon is masterfully utilized by Gerhard Hoberstorfer. It’s worth listening to the original novel before it’s made into a TV series on Netflix.”
Jonas Bonnier’s critically acclaimed The Helicopter Heist has gone straight to No. 4 on the Swedish official bestseller list for hardcover fiction.
Fun, thrilling and utterly captivating, The Helicopter Heist is the page-turning inside account of how four young men from the Swedish suburbs, each of a different nationality, pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time” (TIME Magazine).
Until now, the four robbers have never spoken publicly about what went down before and during the audacious raid in which all emerged unscathed. Through meticulous research and countless interviews with the four men, Jonas Bonnier has crafted a wildly entertaining roller coaster ride of a novel, based on the true events of September 2009’s spectacular heist that stunned the police and turned four gangsters into heroes. “It was a heist right out of the movies: Thieves lowering from a helicopter, a huge lump of cash and an audacious twist in the plot that any crime writer would be proud of.” (CBS)
The feature film-rights to Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist, the novel based on the spectacular helicopter robbery that took place in Stockholm in 2009, have been acquired by Netflix on behalf of Jake Gyllenhaal and his production company Nine Stories. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star and Jonas Bonnier and Niclas Salomonsson will executive produce. The deal was brokered by Sylvie Rabineau at WME.
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Jonas Bonnier (b. 1963) is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. He was the CEO & President of the Bonnier Group from 2008 until 2014. Jonas Bonnier lives with his wife and two children in Miami.