Horror fav Neil Marshall (Centurion, The Descent, Doomsday, Dog Soldiers) has been set to direct Troll Hunter, the remake of the Norwegian film that IMG Global is financing, Deadline reports.
The Marc Haimes-scripted film is gearing toward an early 2014 production start, while there’s still snow on the ground in the locations where they will shoot.
Explains the site, this means that Marshall starts work on the $25 million film as soon as he returns from Ireland, where he is shooting next season’s biggest episode of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.”
Marshall will do a director’s pass on the script by Haimes, who recently sold an untitled pitch to Paramount with Mary Parent producing.
The André Øvredal-directed 2010 Norwegian original Trollhunter, which we reviewed here, focused on a group of students investigating a series of mysterious bear killings. They follow a mysterious hunter into the deep woods, learning along the way that he is a troll hunter, and that the creatures killing those bears might not confine their appetites to that species only. READ MORE
America really doesn’t have much folklore and mythology. Yes, there’s Paul Bunyan, an overhyped gunslinger or two and bigfoot, but there’s not many fantastic elements to distinctly American campfire stories – the best ones we have stateside are based in Creole culture, not even our own. It’s a touch depressing to know that we’re too young of a country to have weaved any great cultural yarns while Europe is swimming in superstitious lore. The troll, a creature that’s no stranger to the screen, never really got its due before Troll Hunter came along. Mixing old-world charm with modern-day dark humor, the mockumentary approach works well for its Jurassic Park meets Men In Black angle.
Everyone will believe it when they see it! Norwegian director Andre AEvredal (Future Murder) presents an “enormously entertaining” (Variety) look at a creature thought only to exist in fairy tales when Trollhunter is uncovered on Blu-ray Disc and DVD August 23 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. Shot in vérité style in the vein of popular films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield, Trollhunter follows three Norwegian film students as they travel to the mountains to catch a real-life troll on camera, a creature whose existence has been covered up for years by the local government. Their persistence quickly pays off as they trail a shadowy poacher, leading them straight into the path of the menacing trolls and documenting every last second of this “Trollhunter’s” heroics.
“The coolest monster movie import since The Host” (FEARNet) and “the best `found footage’ movie ever” (Screen Junkies), Trollhunter is beautifully shot, offering awesome images of the titular monsters destroying the Norwegian countryside. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD are loaded with special features including a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an HDNet special on the film and the international trailer.
One of the coolest films to hit VOD and theaters (today!) this year was Magnet’s Norwegian creature feature, TrollHunter (review), a unique new spin on the cinema verite subgenre that’s become a new staple in horror.
Back in November it was revealed by the LA Times that Universal would be getting behind a remake of Andre Ovredal’s indie, while this morning Deadline adds that Chris Columbus’ 1492 and CJ Entertainment will produce.
First time writer Marc Haimes is set to write the script, although, in my humble opinion, they should keep to the original as much as possible.
The documentary-style film “is about a group of students whose investigation into a series of mysterious bear killings leads to something sinister. They wind up following and documenting a mystery man who turns out to be a troll hunter.”
The latest indie pickup from Magnolia’s genre arm Magnet Releasing is director Andre Ovredal’s TrollHunter (reviews), a found footage film from Norway about a group of three college students who set out to make a documentary about a supposed bear poacher named Hans, only to discover that he’s actually been sanctioned by the government to track down and kill the enormous trolls that roam the Norwegian countryside.
An engaging film that blends “shaky-cam” style with large-scale special effects, The Troll Hunter releases on VOD May 6th and in limited theaters on June 10th. Check out B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen’s exclusive interview with Ovredal inside to get his take on the film’s Jurassic Park influence, the buzz-worthy festival run that led to Magnet acquiring it for North American release, and what the future holds in store for him as a director.