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Buyers Circling Tom Hanks Comedy ‘A Man Called Otto’ On Eve Of Virtual EFM

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the virtual EFM investors are circling rights to Tom Hanks comedy A Man Called Otto, which is one of the crucial most sought-after programs available in the market.

We realize there are a pair of immense presents for the challenge from streamers, studios and indie distributors, at the side of an eight-opt offer that would possibly maybe brand a represent home grab at the EFM.

Whereas some investors we’ve spoken to bear griped a pair of lack of must-bear programs at this year’s virtual tournament, Otto is among these that has their attention given Hanks’ involvement, the strong creative formulation and the acclaimed common source topic materials. We hear the price range is in the $50M vary.

Hanks recorded a video message that used to be despatched to investors this week as deal-making used to be space to salvage underway.

The challenge is due to the initiate up this month on area in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. STX International is handling international sales and CAA Media Finance is repping home alongside Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.

Joining Oscar winner Hanks in the comedy adaptation of the Scandinavian hit A Man Called Ove are Mariana Treviño (Overboard), Rachel Keller (Legion) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (6 Underground).

As we revealed earlier this month, Marc Forster will explain the SF Studios movie, which is tailored from the Fredrik Backman original and common Oscar-nominated Swedish movie of 2017 written and directed by Hannes Holm. The titular character has been renamed to deem the U.S. surroundings.

The movie will practice Otto (Hanks), a grumpy remoted widower with staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse, who presents all people in his neighborhood a tense time as he watches over it esteem a hawk. Valid because it looks to be esteem he’s at final given up on existence, an unlikely and reluctant friendship develops along with his original neighbors. Small by puny, Otto undergoes a subtle transformation.

The original script comes from two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Lifetime of Pi) who will additionally govt-get. A Man Called Otto sees the pair reuniting for the principle time following their a hit collaboration on the acclaimed Discovering Neverland.

Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (A Man Called Ove) of SF Studios is producing the movie with Rita Wilson (Mamma Mia!), and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Marc Forster and Renée Wolfe will help as govt producers via their manufacturing company 2DUX2 (World War Z). SF Studios is financing the challenge.

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