Neil Marshall to Direct Faux Norwegian Doc Remake 'Troll Hunter'
by Ethan Anderton
September 20, 2013
Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures banner partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to pick up the remake rights to the Norwegian faux documentary Troll Hunter back in 2011. Now the project is finally making some progress as Deadline reports director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) will be at the helm of the remake, and will also churn out a rewrite of the script as well. Marshall is slated to shoot the film as soon as he finishes directing a big episode for the third season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," following his work on the Blackwater episode for the second season, a pivotal battle in the fantasy series.
IMG Global is financing the film, and production is expected to begin early in 2014, so there's still snow on the ground in the locations planned for shooting. For those unaware, the original film (which is available on Netflix Instant) was directed by André Øvredal and follows a group of students trailing a mysterious "hunter" who tries to elude them at every turn until the group learns that his prey is far more dangerous and mystical than mere bears. A cast still needs to be assembled, and producers are hoping to get a big star who hasn't been associated with the horror genre before, but they're not giving any names yet.