Cannes: StudioCanal Takes 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man' for France, U.K., Australia

Jonas Jonasson's novel has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

The French major also will handle international sales for remaining territories on the adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's best-seller.

French film giant StudioCanal has picked up rights for France, the U.K. and Australia to the upcoming adaptation of the international best-seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared from Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson.

The comic feature, which Disney Nordic is bowing across Scandinavia Dec. 25, has already presold to Herbert Kloiber's Tele Munchen for Germany and Austria and to Wild Bunch for Benelux territories.

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StudioCanal also has come on board to handle remaining international sales for the project and will be shopping the feature to buyers at Cannes.

Felix Herngren, creator of hit Swedish TV sitcom Solsidan, is directing The Hundred-Year-Old Man from a script he co-wrote with Hans Ingemansson.

Jonasson's book, a best-seller across Europe with more than 5 million copies sold, is the story of a 100-year-old man who escapes from a nursing home and heads off on a monthlong road trip across Sweden, a journey that takes him back through the history of the 20th century. Hyperion has U.S. rights for the novel.

Sweden's NICE Drama and FLX 2.0 are co-producing the film.