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Universal Holds Remake Rights to Faux Doc 'The Troll Hunter'

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November 3, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

The Troll Hunter

Last month we found out that Magnet Releasing had picked up the distribution rights to the Norwegian faux documentary The Troll Hunter. Though more audiences will surely find the film with a theatrical distributor, the foreign nature of the film will likely still keep troves of other viewers away. That's why it makes sense that according to 24 Frames, Universal has snagged the remake rights to the film thus continuing an increase in properties and talents from Scandinavian territories. Though no plans have been set for a remake, it wouldn't be surprising to follow in the footsteps of other recent properties from across the seas. Read on!

Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is getting the American remake treatment along with the Swedish crime drama Snabba Cash which has Zac Efron involved with development. Luckily, it's not only the stories that are making their way to the States as Daniel Espinosa (who directed the original Snabba Cash) now finds himself directing the thriller Safe House with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. With The Troll Hunter, a story described as The Blair Witch Project meets Men in Black meets The Host, there's certainly a good chance for a big audience draw in the U.S. Interested?

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  • Mortuus
    VERY. i want to see the original first though.
  • True Story
    Ya ther original sounds better, authentic, and cool that it was made indie.
  • Tony
    why is it that people have a hard time watching great foreign films without them being in remade for the "American" audience? can't wait to see The Troll Hunter tho... :D
  • Xerxex
    @tony because people who run hollyweird believe they know what's best for us.
  • jah p
    It'll be interesting to see how Hollywood spins this remake. Trolls are represented very well in Norway culture, so that wouldn't work here so much...maybe instead of Trolls, they'll do a some bigfoot or even better I've been dying to see a Giant Yeti movie! Not that crap that was in Mummy 3 either!
  • Dan W
    I'm going to watch the original and probably never watch the remake
  • epleterte
    What I really want to see, is some version of this done in the same vein as District 9. Where the documentary/surveillance footage seamlessly blends into a fiction film halfway through.. the blairwitch approach is old and doesn't really bring much to the film. Actually it slows it the fuck down, there's at least 20 minutes of just driving in this film.. because it's "a rough cut assembled in chronological order of some found tapes" etc etc. at least the blair witch was cut in a good, fast way (at least as far as I remember).. this film is a bit slow. but it's descent enough though, I don't mind at all if this is remade and made good.
  • DRH
    Yeah, Universal... wait... didn't they do Wolfman? Ummm... this may not be the best thing...
  • Wood_wose
    great, america will dumb it down and fuck it up, possibly making it into the next jack black vehicle or even *shudder* ricky gervais.
  • Rebmuk
    Goddammit... why can't they just show the goddamn original in the states?? Americans cannot be THAT stupid!(?)

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