Netflix has given the greenlight to Swedish comedy film One More Time and has secured Hedda Stiernstedt (Beforeigners) for the lead role. Jonatan Etzler will make his directorial debut with the project, which has some Groundhog Day similarities.
Stiernstedt will play 40-year-old Amelia, who is hit by a bus on her birthday. When she wakes up, she suddenly finds the year is 2002 and she’s 18 again – allowing her to right all the mistakes she made the first time round.
But as she finds herself stuck in a time loop – waking up every morning on her 18th birthday – she realises there’s something else going on that will need to be fixed before she can leave the past behind forever.
Stiernstedt said in a statement:
“I am so excited for this project to come alive. The timing for a retrospect lookback on the early 2000s feels right and diving into that era is filled with so much joy. I’m working together with the talented Jonatan Etzler and a group of very gifted actors. We’re having a great time working together and I think that will be noticeable in the final result.”
Tove Forsman and Sofie Forsman (Young Royals) have written the film based on an original idea by Mikael Ljung. 80s nostalgia and (especially) 90s nostalgia are still going strong right now, but it won’t be long until more media begins looking back on the early 2000s with fondness. One More Time looks to be one of the first films to capitalize on that.
This news comes just days after it was reported that streaming rival HBO Max has halted producing original content in the Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland) as a cost-saving move, a decision made after WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery.
We’ll wait and see whether Netflix seeks to exploit this new gap in the market. One More Time is expected to hit the streamer sometime in 2023.