Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Netflix Adaptation of THE HELICOPTER HEIST
On September 23, 2009, the world was captivated as four men in a helicopter broke through the roof of a highly secure cash depot in Sweden and flew off with millions in stolen cash. Based on his extensive interviews with the robbers - who up until now have refused to speak publicly - Jonas Bonnier's THE HELICOPTER HEIST (May 28, 2019; Other Press Paperback Original; ISBN: 978-159051-950-9; translated by Alice Menzies) is a delightful, ripped-from-reality novelization of one of the biggest heists in Swedish history.
With rights already sold in over 30 territories and an upcoming Netflix adaptation starring (and produced by) Jake Gyllenhaal, with the Oscar-nominated Steven Knight to write the script, this thrilling novel with a heartfelt core is perfect for fans of movies like Ocean's 11 and The Italian Job. Please let me know if you would like to see an advance copy of THE HELICOPTER HEIST.
With Bonnier's engaging writing and sincere portrayals of the real-life robbers, readers won't be able to help rooting for the four to pull it off: Former petty thief and family man Sami; Niklas, who was recently released from prison; the stoic, imperturbable Michel, whose family fled a bloody civil war in Lebanon; and Zoran, an ambitious businessman who seems to know everyone in the criminal underbelly of the city.
Bonnier skillfully builds THE HELICOPTER HEIST to an incredible tension as the men prepare for the robbery and use every possible trick to throw off police. After months of planning, overcoming every seemingly insurmountable obstacle, everything is in place when the planned day finally arrives. No one should get hurt, and soon they should all be set for life. But as the stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger hovers over the rooftop, hidden from the light of dozens of police cars, too many unanswered questions still hang in the air - questions that could ruin everything.
The real-life robbery changed the course of Swedish history, as it pushed the country towards its continuing efforts to phase out cash completely. I hope you will consider the US edition of THE HELICOPTER HEIST for review, interview, or feature coverage this spring.