Will Ferrell just lined up another movie role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell has signed on to produce and star in an adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling 2012 novel The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Adam McKay is also attached as a producer, and Jason George will write the script. Here’s the logline for the adaptation, which is described as “being akin to the 1990s Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump, but more darkly comedic”:
The 100 Year-Old Man centers on a man who, on the night of his 100th birthday, escapes from his nursing home and hits the road, with the ensuing inadvertent adventure involving criminals, a bag of cash and an elephant. But his time on the run reveals that the former explosives expert was involved in some of the defining moments of the 20th century and that he crossed paths with figures such as Joseph Stalin, Sir Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle. Before long, past and present are on the path to collide.