Tom Hanks is attached to star in a remake of A Man Called Ove, the Oscar-nominated, Hannes Holm-directed Swedish comedy that became the highest-grossing foreign-language film released in the US in 2016. The pic will be produced by Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman, along with Rita Wilson and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for Nordic major SF Studios.
Hanks will play the protagonist, a grumpy widower whose overall unhappiness is exacerbated when he is unceremoniously dumped as chairman of the neighbourhood 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 neighbour. 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 pic won Best Comedy prize at the European Film Awards in 2016. It is based on Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel. Read more