Saturday, 19 November 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal set to star in The Helicopter Heist

As Netflix intensify their efforts to become more of a player in film acquisition and distribution, they are entering more bidding wars for projects. Deadline reports that the company are looking to buy the rights to The Helicopter Heist, which has Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) currently attached to produce and star.

The drama is set to be based on the real life story of the Västberga helicopter robbery, which took place in Stockholm in 2009. A gang used a stolen Jet Ranger chopper to land on the roof of a G4S cash service depot in Sweden and made off with more than $5 million, with the police pursuit thwarted by decoy bombs placed on the roof. For all its cleverness, though, it didn't quite end smoothly – seven of the perpetrators were eventually caught and sentenced.

Still, it will certainly make for a cracking crime tale and Gyllenhaal's Nine Stories production company are adapting Jonas Bonnier's book about the case, which is currently still in manuscript form.

As for Gyllenhaal, he is currently on our screens in Tom Ford's (A Single Man) Nocturnal Animals and has already worked on one movie that Netflix will release, Bong Joon-Ho's (Snowpiercer) creature feature Okja.

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