Fredrik Backman’s is once again headed to the big screen, this time with Tom Hanks on board, Deadline .
The Swedish author’s novel, published in the U.S. in 2014, tells the story of a curmudgeonly middle-aged man who’s inspired to come out of his shell by a new neighbor. It was adapted into a Swedish film in 2015 by Hannes Holm.
The new film adaptation will be directed by Marc Forster, known for directing Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland. Screenwriter David Magee (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) will write the script. Producers of the film include Hanks, actor Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (Easy Money). Forster and Renée Wolfe (Christopher Robin) will executive produce.
“Fredrik Backman wrote a novel that has entertained, moved and inspired countless readers through his character of Ove,” Wilson said. “The humanity of the story has resonated with people all over the world, including myself.…It’s an honor to be producing this movie and to be bringing it to audiences everywhere.”
Backman shared news of the new adaptation on Instagram, , “Production starts this year, which is pretty special to my wife and me because it also marks the 10 year anniversary of the book coming out in Sweden.…It’ll be pretty great. I’m gonna have wine now.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.