Chris Columbus Gets Remake Rights to Norwegian Film 'Troll Hunter'
Last November we learned that Universal Pictures had already snagged the remake rights to director André Øvredal's faux documentary The Troll Hunter. In April, not much progress had been made, but the director said an announcement would be coming soon. Well, now is the time for an update as Deadline says filmmaker Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures banner has partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to remake the Norwegian film (currently available OnDemand) which follows a group of students whose investigation into a series of mysterious bear killings leads to something sinister. Read on!
As a matter of fact, the crew actually ends up following a mysterious man who turns out to be a troll hunter. For those who think that Columbus, who really hasn't delivered any great films recently, isn't up to the task for backing this remake, let's not forget that he did write the fantastic creature feature Gremlins, not to mention The Goonies. Columbus says, "Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie. Visually, there are scenes in this film that American audiences have never seen. We want to introduce an international audience to this amazing moviegoing experience!" While, I'm not sure a remake is necessary to accomplish that, it sounds like we're getting one anyway. Interested?