Will Ferrell is attached to star in THE 100 YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, a dark comedy from CBS Films that has drawn comparisons to the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump due to the way it weaves historical figures into its storyline, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
CBS Films has acquired the rights to Jonas Jonasson’s 2012 book, which has sold 10 million copies worldwide and was adapted in 2013 as a hit Swedish film that earned a foreign language Oscar nomination. Jason George (Narcos) will adapt the book.
The 100 Year-Old Man follows Allan, a former explosives expert who escapes from his nursing home on the night of his 100th birthday and takes off on an adventure that sees his colorful past (including encounters with Churchill and Stalin) collide with the present.
Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, who co-wrote the Swedish film, will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will serve as a co-producer. CBS Films executives Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project for the studio.
Ferrell recently starred in The House and he’ll soon be seen in Daddy’s Home 2, which is said to improve upon the first film thanks to the additions of Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. The SNL alum has also wrapped the comedy Holmes and Watson, which reunites him with John C. Reilly. The Tracking Board also hears Ferrell is circling a project titled American Huckster in which he would play Chuck Blazer, the controversial and flamboyant central figure in the recent FIFA scandal, who died in July.
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