Chris Columbus Gets Remake Rights to Norwegian Film 'Troll Hunter'
by Ethan Anderton
June 10, 2011
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?
Well, you're a little "smarmy" with your critique of Chris Columbus' work, I have to say that I know Chris to be a very fine filmmaker and has done excellent work both as a writer and director. I'm sure this film will turn out fine. I'll go see it.
Sal Soul-Pilot Gomez on Jun 10, 2011
We're talking about the same Chris Columbus right? Chris "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" Columbus? Yeah, I think it's reasonable for people to be a bit worried about this remake.
SkaOreo on Jun 10, 2011
Goddamn it. Why are they remaking this? The movie is perfect in its original form.
Gill on Jun 10, 2011
Money. Because believe it or not, there are plenty of people who'll refuse to watch a subtitled film.
SkaOreo on Jun 10, 2011
Gill, are you Norwegian? Or have you been able to see this outside of Norway? I'm really curious about how Americans would receive this movie, since to me, it appears to have a lot of our (Norwegian) unwritten conventions integrated in the points.
Torun9 on Jun 10, 2011
Indeed, just learn to read subtitles!
Sjorstebroodje on Jun 12, 2011
I just watched this last night. I thought it was great.
Brian Ricci on Jun 10, 2011
This is going to be soooo AVERAGE
Anonymous on Jun 10, 2011
I would have rather see a newcomer tackle this movie, along with a cast of nobodies too! And what does he mean he wants to show this to an international audience?this film has been playing just about all over now! And what the hell are they going to change the monsters to?We have no Troll mythology here in the states like Norway does, guess they'll do Bigfoot or the Yeti then!lol
jah p on Jun 11, 2011
absolutely. of course we can't know how this remake will turn out, but this film already has an international audience. if he wants more people to see it, why not encourage a wider US screening? what he really means is piggy-back someone else's original idea to maximise commercial opportunities. ok, that's the movie business for you. but cinema's 'international audience' is bigger than any one country, even America.
Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011
I just saw this last night also, I really loved it. But a remake? I wish they hadn't got their hands on the rights, it's brilliant what the original film-maker's have done here. I just hope to god that it can gain a larger audience.. not that I believe in god or anything. heh.
Johnson on Jun 11, 2011
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