The remake of the Swedish drama “A Man Called Ove,” which will star Tom Hanks, has finally set its director.
Marc Forster (“World War Z”) will helm the project, almost forgotten after it was announced in 2017.
With this, the production will mark a reunion between the director and screenwriter David Magee after their collaboration in the drama “Finding Neverland” (2004), for which Magee was nominated for an Oscar.
The original film, written and directed by Hannes Holm, was based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name and was awarded Best European Comedy of 2016 by the European Film Academy, and also had the highest grossing foreign release in the United States that year. .
In the remake, Hanks will play a feisty widower (played by Rolf Lassgård in the original) whose unhappiness is exacerbated when he is dropped as president of the neighborhood association where he lives and pushed into retirement at his job.
With no pleasure in living, he decides to commit suicide. But 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 as he never gives up in his attempts to end it all.
In his statement in the official press release of the project, Forster chose to ignore the successful film, which even competed for the Oscar, to praise the book, as if he were going to make the first adaptation of the story.
“When I first read Fredrik Backman’s novel, I fell in love with the notion that friendship has the power to shape a person’s life,” said the director. “I can’t wait to create a movie with so much humor and heart alongside Tom and Rita” (Wilson, Hanks’ wife and production partner).
Watch the subtitled trailer of the original film below.