Tom Hanks will star in the remake of A Man Called Ove as Swedish major SF Studios continues to exploit Nordic property and local talent through English-language films for the international market such as recent Toronto opener Borg/McEnroe.
Hanks will star as the titular curmudgeon whose life takes a turn when he strikes up a friendship with his exuberant new neighbours. He will also produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman, Rita Wilson, and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro of SF Studios.
Fredrik Backman wrote the hit novel that spawned SF Studios’ original film directed by Hannes Holm that competed for the foreign-language and makeup and hairstyling Oscars this year.
“We are thrilled and extremely happy to have joined forces with Tom Hanks and the very successful Playtone in this project,” SF Studios CEO Michael Porseryd said.
“I strongly believe that A Man Called Ove is a universal story that resonates strongly with an American and international audience,” producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro added. “Making this film with one of the world’s best and most acclaimed actors gives A Man Called Ove the best possible opportunity to once again touch the hearts of audiences worldwide.”
“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love,” Wilson said. “A Man Called Ove transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for. What an honour to be part of such beautiful material.”
SF Studios’ next venture into English-language production is thriller Horizon Line written by the 10 Cloverfield Lane team of Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and I am Victor, the Jo Nesbo adaptation that Baltasar Kormakur will direct from an adapted screenplay by James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Borg/McEnroe stars Sweden’s Sverrir Gudnasson and Stellan Skarsgård alongside Shia LaBeouf.