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Sweden greenlights pricey comedy

'Kenny Begins' is a spinoff of cult TV series

STOCKHOLM — Sci-fi spoof “Kenny Begins,” Sweden’s biggest-budgeted comedy ever, will start production in April.

Project is a spinoff of cult TV series “Kenny Starfighter,” made for pubcaster SvT in 1999. It will be produced by Patrick Ryborn for SS Fladen Films, with Nordisk Film, SvT and Film i Skane co-producing.

Helmers are Carl Astrand and Mats Lindberg, who directed the TV series. Lars V. Johansson penned the script.

Johan Rheborg will reprise his role as Kenny, the most hopeless of all students at the Academy of Galaxy Heroes.

The budget will be 30 million-40 million kroner ($4.6 million to $6.25 million), according to Ryborn.

Pic is slated to open in Sweden in February 2009.

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