Based on a novel by the same name by author Jonas Jonasson, the 2013 film – released internationally in 2015 – saw Robert Gustafsson play Allan Karlsson, 100, who escapes his retirement home and embarks on a roadtrip adventure involving gangs of criminals, large sums of cash… and an elephant.
The huge international hit became Sweden's highest-grossing film of all time and was nominated for an Academy Award for best hair and makeup earlier this year.
Filmmakers are now working on turning the massive success into a sequel, and excitement was high among fans when the actors revealed new details about the film – called 'The 101-year-old man who dodged the restaurant bill and disappeared' – at a press gathering this week.
Iwar Wiklander and Robert Gustafsson, who both star in the movie. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT
The sequel kicks off on Bali, where adventurous retiree Allan Karlsson is relaxing with his friends, living off the money they stole from a gang of Swedish mobsters in the previous film.
But their millions are slowly running out.
“We are bad at living luxuriously. Newly rich people are bad at wasting money in that tasteful kind of way, and instead burn the money irresponsibly,” the star of the movie, Gustafsson, told reporters.
The crew are currently shooting in Trollhättan in western Sweden, and are set to head to both Hungary and Thailand. Much of the plot remains secret, but gangsters, the CIA and a soft drink brand will all play a part.
“The difficult thing about continuing things like this is to strike the right balance between surprise and familiarity. People probably want to see some flashbacks from Allan's old life, but we obviously can't use the same flashbacks we used in the previous movie,” director Måns Herngren told public broadcaster SVT.
One of the fans' main fears is that the title character will eventually pass away of his admittedly very old age.
“He may, we'll see,” Gustafsson said unhelpfully.
But he added: “When I was little 100-year-olds were something that attracted attention, it was a big deal. Today it's nothing. I think there are soon half a million of them… so 110 years would be reasonable, at least.”
The movie will be released on Christmas Day in Sweden.
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