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Marc Forster set to direct US adaption of A Man Called Ove

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2022-01-18
Marc Forster, A Man Called Otto, Director
SF Studios announced today that acclaimed filmmaker Marc Forster is set to direct the US adaptation of A Man Called Ove (2015) starring Tom Hanks. The feature film is based on a script by David Magee and will begin production in 2022.

Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Christopher Robin, Monster’s Ball) and noted screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) have previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed and award-winning Finding Neverland for which Forster was nominated for a Best Director BAFTA and Magee was nominated for an Oscar® and BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also nominated for an Oscar® and BAFTA for Best Film.

Filmen produceras av SF Studios med producent Fredrik Wikström Nicastro tillsammans med Rita Wilson (Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2) och Playtone-ägarna Tom Hanks och Gary Goetzman. Tvåfaldigt Oscarsbelönade Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Cast Away, Forrest Gump) kommer också att spela huvudrollen i filmen. Marc Forster kommer även att vara exekutiv producent tillsammans med Renée Wolfe via deras produktionsbolag 2DUX2. Inspelningen påbörjas under 2022.

Marc Forster stated: “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. I can’t wait to create a film with so much humor and heart alongside Tom and Rita.”


The film is based on the Swedish international best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, a life affirming comedy about love and unexpected friendships. It has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 77 consecutive weeks at the time of its release. The novel was subsequently adapted for the big screen by SF Studios and released in 2015. The Swedish language film was nominated for two Academy Awards® including Best Foreign Language Film and was the highest grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2016.

The US adaptation of A Man Called Ove is one of many high-profile projects lined up by SF Studios, including the highly anticipated large-scale Swedish film adaption The Emigrants, the Danish epic drama Margrete - Queen of the North, the Norwegian feature film Quisling and the Swedish original series Snabba Cash for Netflix. Previous international releases include Borg vs. McEnroe starring Sverrir Gudnasson and Stellan Skarsgård and the thriller Horizon Line starring Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon.

About Marc Forster:


Acclaimed filmmaker Marc Forster’s many feature film credits include box office hit World War Z starring Brad Pitt, the 22nd film in the James Bond franchise (Quantum of Solace) starring Daniel Craig, and Monster’s Ball which led to an Oscar® win for lead actress Halle Berry. He has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, as director for Finding Neverland in 2005 followed by Best Film Not in the English Language for The Kite Runner. He most recently finished production on White Bird: A Wonder Story, starring Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren.

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Director Marc Forster. Photo by Amanda Friedman. All rights reserved.

Official trailer for A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks:


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