‘Free Solo’ Oscar Winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin Eye ‘Helicopter Heist’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix


EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from directing the hair-raising Free Solo and winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin are in early talks with Netflix to helm an untitled movie based on the Jonas Bonnier book The Helicopter Heist, a drama that will star Jake Gyllenhaal. He’ll produce it with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker and ACE Content partner Evan Hayes. The latter was a producer of Free Solo.

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The Steven Knight-scripted drama 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.


Gyllenhaal & Marker found the book and brought it to Netflix. Given the complexity of the action, the film seems a strong match with the filmmaking duo that captured Alex Honnold’s death-defying ropes-free ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Aside from the Oscar, Free Solo also a BAFTA for Best Documentary.

The filmmakers are repped by WME.

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