Will Ferrell Set to Star in The 100-Year-Old Man Adaptation
Posted 2017/08/25 0 0
Will Ferrell is set to star in an adaptation of the Jonas Jonasson novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, according to THR.
Jonas Jonasson's comic novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared was successfully adapted into a Swedish film back in 2013. Now Will Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez team are giving the story another crack with The 100-Year-Old Man. In addition to starring in the movie, Ferrell will be producing it alongside Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum through their Gary Sanchez Productions studio, with Narcos’ Jason George writing the screenplay.
Here is the Amazon description of “The 100-Year-Old Man:” “After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle.”
“My character, Allan, knows the art of being funny just by being,” said Jonasson in a statement.“That is something Will Ferrell masters to perfection. Great humour with small measurements. I am happy that Allan is now in his hands.”
The new onscreen adaptation of The 100-Year-Old Man has been described as being akin to the 1994 Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump, but more darkly comedic. The book has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and the Oscar-nominated local-language feature adaptation became one of the highest-grossing Swedish movies of all time.