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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.

‘Blackwater’ awarded at the Series Mania Festival

The Series Mania Festival has unveiled its champions and Blackwater triumphed in the International Panorama section, receiving the top prize for ‘Best Series’.

Based on Kerstin Ekman’s classic novel of the same name, Blackwater is written by Karin Arrhenius and Maren Louise Käehne, and directed by Mikael Marcimain.

‘The Dillsta Gang and the Hamster Heist’ published in Sweden

Jonathan, Bollan, and Zasha have their own band of thieves, the Dillsta Gang. Dillsta’s best and only gang! Until one day another gang appears in town, and have the audacity to evict the Dillsta Gang from their own headquarters. That is not even the worst part, because left in the headquarter is Vickan, Bollan’s beloved hamster!

Zasha does not care all that much about Vickan, but is rather more worried about the soda that has also been left behind. Jonathan realizes that something must be done, it is time to plan a heist! To get into the headquarter and save Vickan, the gang needs to build a ladder in the backyard, and to do that they need to “borrow” some planks from a construction site nearby… Everything goes according to plan, until someone gets it into their head that the borrowed planks are part of the wave of break-ins that is tormenting the city. But the Dillsta Gang is innocent! Question is if their dodgy rivals, on the other hand, could have something to do with the break-ins?

The Dillsta Gang and the Hamster Heist is the sixth installment in The Dillsta Gang series – fast-paced and fun books for younger readers by Jens and Hedda Lapidus.

‘An Unthinkable Fate’ published in Sweden

In the spring of 1884 the young society woman Alexandra Rosenkvist is living in the north of Sweden, exiled having caused a scandal that shocked the high society. Now she’s finally allowed to return to Stockholm, where modern inventions such as the telephone and electricity are seeing the day of light, and where intelligence and money are beginning to be considered more important than fine ancestry. The women’s fight is in its early stages and within Alexandra a longing is growing for independence and the prospect of devoting herself to her passion: art.

The one coming to collect Alexandra is Atle Falk, a man with a dark past. Together with Atle, her cheery maid Minna and the pious handmaiden Emmy, Alexandra will traverse through a Sweden that is rapidly changing. On the surface the young dreamy socialite Alexandra and the scarred and cynical Atle have nothing in common, but during the course of their journey they grow closer to one another and unthinkable feelings blossom. Alexandra’s dreams of an independent and free life begin to flourish. But at home in Stockholm her rich and conservative family await. And they have very different plans for her.

An Unthinkable Fate is the fourth stand-alone set in Simona Ahrnstedt’s Wadenstierna-universe.

‘Dimmed Lights’ on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, the second installment in the August Strindberg series, climbs the Norwegian hardcover fiction list, landing at No. 4 this week. The novel also features on the e-book list, at No. 3.

Rave reviews for ‘Detective #24’

Aron Levander’s Detective #24 (Detektiven från Beledweyne) premiered on SVT Play March 10 to great reviews. The series has received praise for its revival of the crime genre, its originality and unconventional characters.

“Finally, a fun, intelligent Swedish cozy crime – and an innovative way forward for the procedural form. /…/ Sprinkles salt in a type of genre series where we’re used to getting sugar. That’s why the humor never gets boring either. It rather chafes uncomfortably, and I love it.”
TVdags ★★★★

A revival of the Swedish crime genre. /…/ TV creator Aron Levander returns with another well-written, exciting and entertaining crime series.
Moviezine ★★★★

“Finally a brilliant Swedish cozy crime /…/ of international class. /…/ The series has also managed to create a unique double act, which is truly impressive. /../ I can’t wait until all the episodes are available on SVT Play.”

“A unique and successful Swedish cozy crime series.”

Hans Rosenfeldt to adapt C.J. Tudor’s ‘The Chalk Man’

Hans Rosenfeldt has set his next project, a return to the canon of crime author C.J. Tudor. Having just penned Paramount+’s adaptation of Tudor’s The Burning Girls, Rosenfeldt is now turning his attention to her first novel, 2016’s The Chalk Man. Rosenfeldt is combining once again with UK indie Buccaneer Media, with whom he worked on The Burning Girls and ITV thriller Marcella.

Starting in 1986, the book follows Eddie “Munster” Adams, who spends his days biking around a sleepy English village exchanging secret codes via little chalk stick figures with his friends. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same. Fast-forward to 2016 and Eddie thinks he has put the past behind him, before he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure.

“I love C.J. Tudor’s books and I’m so glad that I get the opportunity to adapt another one of them,” says Rosenfeldt. “I’m really looking forward to bringing The Chalk Man‘s exciting twisty plot and interesting characters to the screen together with the great people at Buccaneer”.

“We’re excited to be once again marrying C.J.’s compelling storytelling with Hans Rosenfeldt’s world class screenwriting to create another premium screen thriller for audiences around the world.” says Richard Tulk-Hart, joint CEO of Buccaneer.

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‘Cry Wolf’ to become TV series

Cry Wolf (Vargasommar), the acclaimed debut novel of Hans Rosenfeldt, will now be made into a TV series by writer Oskar Söderlund and director Jesper Ganslandt, the duo behind the mega hit series Snabba Cash.

Cry Wolf will star British musician-turned-actor Eliot Sumner (No Time to Die), Eva Melander (Border) and Henrik Dorsin (Triangle of Sadness).

Melander is set play Hannah Wester, a 54-year-old police officer whose quiet life in Haparanda gets turned upside down after a wolf is found dead. What appeared to be an ordinary investigation instead turns into a sprawling criminal case with connections to a bloody drug deal in Finland, sparking a series of brutal events.

Cry Wolf will start filming in in Haparanda, near the border of Finland, in July.

Lars Kepler, Martin Widmark and Måns Mosesson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler stays put at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list with The Spider, the ninth Joona Linna novel. Martin Widmark similarly continues to occupy the top spots in the children’s fiction category, coming in at No. 1 with The Detective Mystery, No. 2 with The Gold Mystery, and No. 4 with The Music Mystery. Måns Mosesson makes a comeback on the non-fiction list with Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii, which lands the No. 4 spot.

Stefan Ahnhem and Kristina Ohlsson on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s An Entirely Different Story climbs the hardcover fiction list this week, coming in at No. 4. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile claims the No. 1 spot on the e-book list with the just published Dimmed Lights, also No. 5 on the hardcover list.