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Swedish '100 Year Old Man' Gets $1.6 Million in Financing

The 100 year old man - P 2012

Disney will release the comedy, based on the best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, across Scandinavia.

COLOGNE, Germany – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a comedy based on the best-selling novel by Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson, has received a $1.6 million production boost from the Swedish Film Institute.

The Institute will back director Felix Herngren's adaptation of Jonasson's book, in which a centenarian escapes a nursing home and goes on a wild road trip across Sweden, with SEK 11 Million ($1.6 million), a major sum for the state-funded body. 47-year-old actor Robert Gustafsson, one of Sweden's most popular comedians and a famed impersonator, will play the 100-year-old absconder, Allan Karlsson.

The Walt Disney Company Nordic has picked up rights across Scandinavia for the film and has an option for international rights. NICE FLX is producing the feature, currently shooting in Sweden, targeting a Christmas 2013 release.