Tele-München Group Takes German-Speaking Territories to Sweden's 'The Centenarian'

Disney will distribute the film, based on a best-selling novel, in the Nordic territories.

COLOGNE, Germany - Herbert Kloiber's Tele-München Group has picked up German-speaking rights for the upcoming Swedish film, The Centenarian Who Climbed Out The Window And Vanished, an adaptation of the comic novel of the same name from Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson.

The book, a best-seller across Europe, is the story of a 100-year-old man who escapes from a nursing home and heads off on a month-long road trip across Sweden, a journey that takes him back through the history of the 20th century.

“We are looking forward to working with our Swedish partners on the adaptation of this brilliant novel," said Kloiber in a statement.

Sweden's NICE Drama and FLX2.0 are co-producing the film, which Felix Herngren will direct. Principle photography is set to begin late this year. The film's Swedish premiere is scheduled for Christmas 2013.

The agreement follows a deal with Disney, which picked up rights across Scandinavia for the feature and has an option for various international territories.

"It’s the first non-crime Swedish novel to have generated such huge international interest," said Patrick Nebout, managing director at NICE Drama. “The story is universal and its very special tone clearly appeals to audiences everywhere.”

The Centenarian has already sold more than 1 million copies in Sweden alone and more than half a million in Germany since its publication there six months ago. Hyperion has picked up rights for the book in the U.S.