FREE SOLO Directors To Direct a Heist Movie For Netflix Called THE HELICOPTER HEIST with Jake Gyllenhaal
Directors Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhely are fresh from directing the incredible documentary Free Solo, which they won on Oscar for this year! Now they’ve got a new project lined up with Netflix that sounds like it will be pretty cool.
The movie is called The Helicopter Heist, which is a book written by Jonas Bonnier. The script for the film is being adapted by Steven Knight and Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in it.
The film tells the true story 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. In 2009, the Västberga robbery saw a gang of thieves pull off a $5 million robbery using a stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter. The robbery stunned the police, turned the four gangsters into local heroes, and the money never was found.”
Yep, that sounds like a great story for these two filmmakers to tell! There is sure to be some complex action sequences in the film, which is perfect for these directors to try and pull off. After all, look at the incredible work they did shooting Alex Honnold’s death-defying free solo climb up Yosemite’s El Capitan.
Here’s the description of the story from the book:
Sami has a new child to provide for, so after years of petty crime, he's training as a chef. But when a business deal suddenly goes sideways, Sami is left wondering how he'll ever provide for his newborn daughter.
Michel and his family fled a bloody civil war in Lebanon, and he grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm surrounded by poverty and criminals. He's trying to turn over a new leaf, but the past just won't let him go.
Niklas has traveled the world and made an effort to become the sort of person people talked about. He followed through on his vision...and no good has come of it.
Zoran is a businessman who knows everyone and seals a deal with a handshake. When he was young, the ambitious Yugoslavian had a dream--to get rich, by whatever means necessary.
And Alexandra? She's the reason that the four men found themselves plotting to rob a Stockholm cash depot in September 2009.
At first, the plan seems foolproof. Every contingency is covered, and the payoff will make them all rich for life. No one would even get hurt. But not everyone is who they seem. Even as the gang's stolen helicopter is lifting off from the cash depot with $6.5 million inside, questions remain unanswered. What secrets does each man hold?
Does this movie sound like an intense heist thriller that you’d want to watch?