EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a hot deal going down as we speak. Netflix has the lead in an auction going on to acquire The Helicopter Heist, a fact-based drama that has Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star and produce with his Nine Stories Productions partner Riva Marker. It is based on a manuscript for a yet-to-be-published book by that title written by Swedish author Jonas Bonnier. Bonnier will exec produce with his publishing agent, Niclas Salomonsson, and the deal is being brokered by WME.
The drama is the story of the Västberga helicopter robbery in 2009, when a G4S cash service depot was robbed in Stockholm, Sweden. A gang of brazen robbers used a stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger to land on the roof of the building, where they stole more than $5 million. Police were unable to use their own copters to close in because the thieves placed decoy bombs all around. It was the first robbery involving a helicopter to be perpetrated in Sweden; seven perpetrators eventually were caught and sentenced.
If the deal closes as I hear it will, this brings another star-driven project to Netflix, which has the David Michod-directed Brad Pitt starrer War Machine as well as the David Ayer-directed Bright with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, among other pictures.