Will Ferrell to star in remake of THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN

Yes, a remake of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is coming.

The popular Swedish novel, and later film, is one of the biggest Swedish hits of the last decade. In fact, it’s the biggest selling film of the last decade and was nominated for an Academy Award for its makeup. Why it has to be remade seems to be unknown, but alas, we are getting one.

Will Ferrell will star and produce the remake alongside Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. The screenplay adaptation will be written by Jason George, who also works on the Netflix series Narcos.

The film stars one of Sweden’s best-known comedians, Robert Gustafsson, who plays Allan Karlsson. Allan escapes his retirement home and embarks on a road trip involving gangs of criminals, large sums of cash, and elephants. It’s kinda like a modern day Forrest Gump.

The creators of the Swedish movie version, Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, are executive producing.

What do you think of an American remake?




Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.

  1. Rita Harris says:

    I voted up for the original 100 year old man. I would vote down for a Will Farrell version. Hollywood buying ideas again, but when it comes to hiring great foreign actors they just can’t do it without making them willians. Hollywood has not had many original ideas in years. That never stopped them from ruining others ideas. Hollywood is still stereo typing accents. If they can’t do an American accent the audience won’t like it. We the pubic love foreign films and actors and we don’t need American translations. Show the original in theatres and it will be a hit again.

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