Blog: James WilmoreHeineken kidnapping film gets go-ahead

James Wilmore | 9 October 2013

Heineken is about to have the most dramatic moment in its history given the Hollywood blockbuster treatment.

'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken' will tell the story of Alfred 'Freddy' Heineken, the grandson of the founder of the Dutch brewery, who, in 1983 was kidnapped, along with his driver Ab Doderer. 'Freddy', who was CEO of the group at the time, and Doderer, were only released after a ransom of NLG35m (US$20m) was paid, the largest ransom to have been met at the time for an individual.

The kidnappers were eventually caught and served jail terms. 

British actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will play 'Freddy', according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It's actually the second film to be made about the incident, after a Dutch version - De Heineken Ontvoering – was released in 2011. 

But, from what I have heard, neither film has had the blessing of the company; it's understandably still a sensitive topic for the group. 

It looks like there will be a fresh spotlight on Heineken's past, whether the brewer likes it or not.

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Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Heineken

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