Neil Marshall to Direct Faux Norwegian Doc Remake 'Troll Hunter'

September 20, 2013

Troll Hunter

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.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Why does Hollywood do this??? The original was great, and there is no way they are getting a dime from me to see this "re-imaging" in the theater.

dbucks on Sep 20, 2013


absolutely right. the original is thoroughly engaging, well acted (especially from Otto Jespersen) and the fx are pretty good. most of all it's downright entertaining and *fun*, not afraid to be serious or suspenseful at times, but with a fable-like sense of wonder, too. a US remake? i say:

son_et_lumiere on Sep 20, 2013


agree 100%... absolutely no need to remake an already great film...original was enhanced by the fact that it used all unknowns and was subtitled... gave it an air of realism not found in most of the junk produced by H'wood today...

nomad82 on Sep 20, 2013


The original was one of my favourite films from that year, I liked it more than any of the big movies that came out.

Carpola on Sep 20, 2013


Agreed, the film is uniquely Norwegian and has absolutely no need for a remake.

cuckoozey on Sep 21, 2013



mooreworthy on Sep 21, 2013


I don't know. This could be pretty good.

DAVIDPD on Sep 20, 2013


"Faux Norwegian Doc," or "Norwegian Faux Doc."

Krishna Shenoi on Sep 20, 2013


Ugh, why? Marshall is a terrible, hacky director.

Trey Wilson on Sep 20, 2013

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