Will Ferrell is Set To Star in a New Comedy Called THE 100 YEAR-OLD MAN
Will Ferrell is set to star in and produce a new comedy for CBS Films called The 100 Year-Old Man. The movie is based on the book written by Jonas Jonasson called The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
According to Variety, Ferrell will play a man named Allan "who escapes from a nursing home on his 100th birthday. His time on the run reveals that he took part in several defining events of the 20th century."
That sounds absolutely fantastic! This is going to be a great role for Ferrell to play! When talking about the actor playing this character, the author of the book said:
“My character, Allan, knows the art of being funny just by being. That is something Will Ferrell masters to perfection. Great humor with small measurements. I am happy that Allan is now in his hands.”
This will be the second time the book has been adapted into a film. The first adaptation was a Swedish film released in 2015. The movie will also be produced by Adam McKay and the rest of the team at Ferrell's Gary Sanchez production company.
Jason George (Narcos) will write the screenplay. Here's the full description of the story from the book:
A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over . . .
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.