Jonas Bonnier

Jonas Bonnier (b. 1963) is a Stockholm-born novelist, screenwriter and journalist. He was the CEO & President of the Bonnier Group from 2008 until 2014. 

Jonas Bonnier is the author of the critically acclaimed The Helicopter Heist.


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Jonas Bonnier’s ‘The Helicopter Heist’ adapted by Daniel Espinosa and Ronnie Sandahl for Netflix

Netflix today announced The Helicopter Heist, a Swedish reality-based and character-driven suspense series in eight parts about the secret drama behind one of the most spectacular heists in history. The limited series is based on Jonas Bonnier’s novel The Helicopter Heist, adapted to the screen by scriptwriter Ronnie Sandahl and directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Ronnie Sandahl, scriptwriter, says: “I wanted to write an epic robbery tale, about great dreams and even greater risks. A feverish, character-driven heist show about friendship, adrenaline, and hubris. I can’t imagine a more perfect director for the series than Daniel Espinosa, and I’m incredibly happy that he’s chosen to step aboard.”

The Helicopter Heist will be Daniel Espinosa’s TV directorial debut. He says: “I have followed and been fascinated by this story ever since it happened. When the opportunity presented itself to do it in a way that does it justice, with Ronnie and Netflix and the entire crew behind it, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

The series is produced by Johannes Åhlund for B-Reel Films. Executive producers are Ulf Synnerholm, Fredrik Heinig, Niclas Salomonsson, Ronnie Sandahl and Jonas Bonnier.

‘Fandango Calling’ published in Sweden

Ever since his arrest in Israel in 1979, the name Stig Bergling has been synonymous to espionage. He has been portrayed as a master spy and a true original. A lady’s man, married many times over but never to the love of his life. Time after time, he eluded Swedish justice, not least through the spectacular prison escape in October 1987.

But was Stig Bergling the spy all that successful? Who benefited from his escapades and who was sacrificed in order for him to gain his freedom? Jonas Bonnier’s skillfully constructed novel Fandango Calling challenges the myth surrounding Bergling and invites the reader to a breathtaking adventure in the bizarre world that agents live and work in.

Fantastic reviews for ‘The Congregation’

The anticipated TV series The Congregation, based on the novel by Jonas Bonnier, premieres today on C More and on TV 4 November 11.
The six-part drama, written by Fredrik Agetoft (head writer), Jonas Bonnier and Anna Platt and starring Aliette Opheim as the Bride of Christ, has received outstanding reviews in Swedish press.

The Congregation grabs hold from the first frame.”
Dagens Nyheter ★★★★

“The series succeeds with its difficult balancing act, and as a tragic, increasingly twisted and extremely unsettling suspense drama, it really delivers.”
Aftonbladet ★★★★

“The permeating feeling of uneasiness makes The Congregation so difficult to stop watching. An extremely well-acted and gripping series.”
Filmtopp ★★★★

“The strongest 5-star review ever goes to Aliette, who is utterly fantastic.”

Trailer premiere for ‘The Congregation’

The trailer has been released for the awaited TV series The Congregation.

The Congregation is set to premiere on C More November 1 and then on TV 4 November 11.

Ida Borg / TV4 / C More Photo: Ida Borg / TV4 / C More

The first photos of Aliette Opheim in ‘The Congregation’

C More has released the first photos of Aliette Opheim in her role as the Bride of Christ in the anticipated TV series The Congregation.

The six-part drama is based on the novel of the same title (orig. title: Knutby) by Jonas Bonnier. Bonnier also serves as screenwriter on the series, accompanied by head writer Fredrik Agetoft and episode writer Anna Platt.

The Congregation is set to premiere on C More November 1 and then on TV 4 November 11.

‘The Congregation’ to become a TV series

Jonas Bonnier’s The Congregation, a novel inspired by the real-life story of the Knutby sect, will be made into a six-episode TV series for TV4 and C More. Shooting is slated to start this summer. Head writer for the series is Fredrik Agetoft, who is joined by episode writer Anna Platt and the novel’s author and now screenwriter, Jonas Bonnier.

The drama TV series will depict the fateful events of Knutby, 2004, when a free church in small-town Sweden became the epicenter of a murder plot that shook the country. Playing the role of the figure at the plot’s center, Kristi Brud – “Eva” in the series – is Aliette Opheim (Caliphate, Beartown). The pastor arrested for brainwashing his lover into killing will be played by Einar Bredefeldt (Beartown), and the nanny by Alba August (Quick). The director of the series is Goran Kapetanoviç (Caliphate).

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg’s The Tenant is yet again No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks, coming in at the top for the fourth week in a row. The hardcover list meanwhile sees Jonas Bonnier land a No. 3 placement with The Day of the Lord, and Niklas Natt och Dag appear at No. 4 with 1794. Natt och Dag’s debut title, The Wolf and the Watchman, comes in at No. 4 on the audio list. It is closely followed by Anne Holt’s A Grave For Two, which is No. 5 in audio as well as e-books. The No. 4 spot on the e-book list goes to Anders Roslund and Knock Knock.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg's The Tenant continues to reign the paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot also this week. Niklas Natt och Dag's debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman nabs the No. 5 spot on the same list, while the hardcover list sees Natt och Dag's succeeding novel 1794 in the No. 4 position. The hardcover list also features Jonas Bonnier's The Day of the Lord, which comes in at No. 5.

Anders Roslund meanwhile is No. 2 on the e-book list with his crime fiction novel Knock Knock, accompanied by Anne Holt's A Grave For Two at No. 3 and Natt och Dag's The Wolf and the Watchman at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 44 feature Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 at No. 2 on the hardcover list, and No. 5 on the e-book one. Simona Arhnstedt follows just behind, laying claim to the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list with Just a Little More, which is also No. 4 in e-book. Jonas Bonnier meanwhile grabs the No. 4 placement in hardcover, additionally coming in at No. 2 in audio with The Day of the Lord.

Anders de la Motte doesn't budge from his place at the top of the paperback list, coming in at No. 1 also this week with Dead of Winter.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders de la Motte and Dead of Winter come in at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks in week 43. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot.

On the hardcover list, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 comes in at No. 2, featuring also at No. 4 on the e-book list. The Wolf and the Watchman, Natt och Dag’s debut, comes in at No. 5 in audio. Returning to the hardcover list, we see the just published The Day of the Lord by Jonas Bonnier at No. 5.

Lastly, Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Little More comes in at the top of the audio list. In addition to that No. 1 spot, she also comes in at No. 3 in e-book.

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