Comedy pic is based on Jonas Jonasson's novel

STOCHOLM — The movie adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s best-seller “The Centenarian Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” has picked up $1.65 million towards its $9.4 million budget in the latest round of funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

The pic is helmed by Felix Herngren, and produced by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout at Nice FlxPictures.

Herngren is penning the script with Hans Ingemansson.

Tele Munchen Group is handling distribution in German-speaking territories.

The escapist novel by first-timer Jonasson, a work often compared to “Forrest Gump,” has been translated into 35 languages, and has sold more than 3 million copies. Hyperion Books released the novel in the U.S. in September, and Hesperus Press in the U.K. in July.

“The international interest is huge and we hope to have a foreign sales agent within a few weeks,” said Jansson-Schweizer from Budapest, where the pic started lensing on Oct. 8. The shoot will continue in Thailand, Sweden and probably Spain. The pic is set to be released in December 2013.

The 100-year-old lead is played by one of Sweden’s most popular comic actors, 47-year-old Robert Gustafsson.

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