According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Ferrell has just signed on to headline an adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's 2012 novel (deep breath) The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. For sanity's sake, we will be referring to this film as The 100-Year-Old Man from here on out. Everyone cool with that? Good.
Here's how they're describing the novel:
"The 100-Year-Old Man centers on a man who, on the night of his 100th birthday, escapes from his nursing home and hits the road, with the ensuing inadvertent adventure involving criminals, a bag of cash and an elephant. But his time on the run reveals that the former explosives expert was involved in some of the defining moments of the 20th century and that he crossed paths with figures such as Joseph Stalin, Sir Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle. Before long, past and present are on a collision course."
If you read that and thought, "Why, this sounds like some sort of freakish twist on beloved Dad Movie™ Forrest Gump!", you wouldn't be too far off (THR describes it explicitly as a "darkly comedic" take on that Oscar-winner). And maybe I'm crazy, folks, but I am very down to see Will Ferrell play a century-old explosives expert caught up in a series of hijinks involving elephants and Joseph Stalin. Yes to all of that.
The 100-Year-Old Man (which, it's worth noting, was previously adapted into an Oscar-nominated Swedish film), is currently being scripted by Narcos' Jason George, though no director has been named at this time. We'll keep you informed as furter updates roll in.
In the meantime: any of you folks read this book? Seen the Swedish version? Those worth seeking out? Let us know in the comments below!