The sale of the American version to SONY set a European record

2022-04-24 0 By

More than five years in the making, the American version of “A Man named Ovie Decided to Die” has landed at SONY.The film was sold at the European Film Market (EFM) at the Berlin Film Festival for $60 million, a record for a European film market.The American version, a Man Named Otto Decides to Die, will star Tom Hanks and be directed by Mark Forster. David McGee, who wrote Life of PI, will write the screenplay.Originally from Sweden, “A Man Named Ove Decided to Die” is a story of love and unexpected friendships, focusing on a cranky widower who is alienated and eccentric and faces obstacles when he decides to end his life honorably.Frederick Bachman’s 2012 novel of the same name was such a bestseller that it spent 77 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into 43 languages around the world, including Chinese.The 2015 Swedish film, directed by Hannes Helm and starring Rove Rasgaard, earned $3.47 million in the US after its limited release in 2016, making it one of the top 10 foreign-language films of the year in the US.Production is scheduled to begin this year for a Christmas release.