It has been talked about for quite a while, and considering Hollywood’s proclivity to steal popular foreign movies, remake them to American sensibilities and ruin the final project, it is no surprise that Hollywood has gotten it’s mitts on the superb Norwegian Mocumentary / Found Footage film Troll Hunter.
For a while it seemed that Paramount was going get the rights to Troll Hunter, but as Bloody Disgusting is reporting, this week it was confirmed that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has scooped up the rights. However, that is not the interesting part of the story. What I personally find interesting is who they have chosen to helm the picture.
Neil Marshall of The Descent and Dog Soldiers fame and more recently director of several episodes of the massively popular Game of Thrones has been tapped to helm Troll Hunter. Production is slated to begin as soon as Marshall wraps up a few details following his most recent episode of Thrones with Marshall in both the writer and director chairs.
A trio of investigative journalists are working the cases of several mysterious bear poachings. But as they continue to dig deeper in the poachings, they come a man who seems to know more than what he is letting on. What they soon realize is that there may be more truth to what Hans says than they want to believe, he is not poaching bears, but hunting Trolls.
Marc Haimes previously drafted the script for the film, which purports to be footage found from a documentary being made by a group of students who are tracking a mysterious hunter who they learn is ridding the countryside of giant rogue trolls.
Columbus will produce the film with 1492′s Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe and CJ Entertainment. Original producers John M. Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo will also be involved.
Production is expected to begin sometime early next year in order to save money and film in locations that actually have snow on the ground. Casting has begun with producers supposedly looking for the male lead. If not much has changed from the original it should be an older gentleman.
While we wait for the remake, why not go check out the original if you have not seen it yet. Trust me, it is well worth reading subtitles for.