BERLIN — Felix Herngren’s Swedish blockbuster “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is set to make a comeback on the bigscreen with a sequel. Repped in international markets by Studiocanal, the $9.1 million “100-Year Old Man” is the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time, grossing $50 million worldwide.
The second opus, “The 100-Year Old Man 2” will be directed by Herngren and his brother, who is also a director, Mans Herngren (“Adam & Eva”). Swedish shingles Nice Drama and FLX Pictures are back on board to produce the movie. Malte Forssell is producing with Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen exec producing.
Based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel which has sold 5 million copies in 35 territories, the Swedish-language quirky adventure comedy has often been described as reminiscent of “Forrest Gump.” It centers on a centenarian who escapes his nursing home to embark on a journey around the world.
Penned by Hans Ingemansson, the sequel picks up one year after the first film ends, with Allan Karlsson – the 100-year-old man — and his friends still in Bali. Allan embarks on another journey across the world and back to Sweden, where he chased by the CIA, a Balinese debt collector and an executive of a soft drink company in Southern Sweden.
Pic will be shot this summer in Indonesia, Moscow, Berlin and Sweden for an expected release on Christmas Day.
The producers, who are attending the EFM, are in talks with Disney Nordic for Scandinavian distribution, TeleMunchen for Germany and Austria, and Wild Bunch in Benelux. The company is also in negotiations with Studiocanal for international sales rights and distribution rights for France, U.K. and Australia.
“The 100-Year Old Man” is nominated for a makeup and hairstyling Oscar, up against “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant.”