Tom Hanks to Produce and Star in 'A Man Called Ove' Comedy

Posted 2017/09/24 0 0

Old Man Hanks will star and produce English-language adaptation of hit novel A Man Called Ove.


Tom Hanks has signed on to produce and star in an English-language adaptation of “A Man Called Ove”. The 2012 book by Fredrik Backman was a mainstay on The New York Times best-seller list for a consecutive 77 weeks and has been translated into 43 different languages.

A Man Called Ove is a very Swedish story of a grumpy widower whose overall unhappiness is exacerbated when he is unceremoniously dumped as chairman of the neighborhood association where he lives. Pushed into retirement in his job on top of all else, Ove gives up and resolves to commit suicide. Every attempt is interrupted by some circumstance that leads him to help a needy neighbor. In the process, Ove develops new relationships that lead him on an unusual journey of introspection and caring for others, even if he never gives up on his attempts to end it all.

The original film, directed by Hannes Holm, was nominated for two Oscars earlier this year and was the highest-grossing foreign language film in America in 2016. Hanks is producing the movie with his Playtone banner partner Gary Goetzman, and his frequent producing partner and wife Rita Wilson is producing alongside the Swedish-language version’s executive producer Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement released with the movie’s announcement, Nicastro said:

“I strongly believe that A Man Called Ove is a universal story that resonates strongly with an American and international audience. 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.”

Hanks most recently worked with old pal Steven Spielberg on The Post, due 19 January. And he'll be back as Woody for Toy Story 4, out 21 June 2019.