Chris Columbus Picks Up ‘Troll Hunter’ Remake Rights

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Just as Norwegian director Andre Ovredal’s well-received “found footage” flick Troll Hunter officially begins a limited theatrical run in the U.S. today, there comes news that the rights to an American remake have already been purchased.

Chris Colombus (director of the first two Home Alone and Harry Potter movies) has acquired said remake rights through his 1492 Pictures production company. There’s no word yet on whether or not he plans to direct it himself, though.

Troll Hunter is a mockumentary that follows a trio of Norwegian college students as they investigate a man they believe to be an illegal bear poacher. However, it turns out the fellow in question is actually a special government employee charged with keeping the local troll population in check – and making sure the general public remains unaware that the fantastical creatures actually exist.

Deadline says that Marc Haimes (producer of Men in Black II and The Legend of Zorro) is set to script the remake of Troll Hunter, which is more of an intentionally comical adventure than similar vérité-style mockumentaries like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield.

It’s actually a bit disappointing to hear that Columbus won’t be scripting the remake himself, seeing how he was responsible for writing some pretty entertaining adventure tales that mixed thrills, chills, and laughs back in the 1980s (see: Gremlins, The Goonies).

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Troll stories and legend are firmly rooted in Scandinavian folklore, so it would be odd if the Troll Hunter remake were to try and use America as its setting. Chances are good that the film will instead revolve around a trio of U.S. college students who are visiting Norway (possibly, as part of some foreign-exchange program) when they uncover a government conspiracy to keep the existence of trolls under wraps. Whether or not the remake will try and be more of a straight-faced supernatural horror-adventure than the original Troll Hunter is another matter – though it probably will retain the amateur filmmaking aesthetic.

The foreign-language Troll Hunter is an exciting and entertaining cinematic ride in its own right; it even boasts some pretty decent visual effects, considering its cheap production cost. It’s not a film that jumps out as something that could readily be (or needs to be) improved – but how often is that really the case with Hollywood remakes nowadays?

On a less cynical note: A Troll Hunter remake would help draw more attention to the original film in a way, and could be fun for moviegoers who were never able to see its Norwegian counterpart on the big screen. So take that as you will.

The original Troll Hunter can currently be watched on Video On Demand through local cable providers.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wait, what? I know this movie was done a few years ago but it was JUST released. I like remakes/reboots but not this soon.

    Furthermore, they can’t recreate the great atmosphere of the Norwegian folklore in the first movie in America…America doesn’t have anything remotely rich in its short existence.

    This is not good.

    • Agreed. This can only go downhill…..

    • There is

    • There is Native American folklore to draw upon. Wendigo anyone?

      • Not really American. Plus, it’s been done before in the film Ravenous. I’d definitely recommend that film, very very good.

        • What’s more “American” than Native American folklore?

          • Again, Native American is not really American. And by that I mean that the modern American could not identify with the Native American folklore in the same way that the Nordic countries identify with folklore about trolls.

        • Not really American? Technically it is American. They were here first Also I think wendigo is a Mexican monster. Not really Native American. For American folk lore, there’s Spear Finger. She was a witch that lived on top of a mountain. For some reason she was obsessed with eating children’s spleens. And apparently I was wrong. Windigo is Native American. You can blame the Chippewa for that.

  2. I saw it Wednesday and thought it was pretty good (definitely a step above the last “on the cheap” type show I saw, Monsters). The only lame part imho was the dead bears, they looked completely fake. The trolls themselves however were exceptionally well done and I was very impressed with them and the story in general.

    So WHY do we need a remake from an American perspective when we have THIS film? Seems more than a little redundant to me.

    • Mongoose,

      That’s what I say. Why? Because “We” Yanks are too stupid and lazy to read for 120 minutes I guess.
      An American remake won’t draw more attention to this the original. It won’t get it released world wide because the American version will.
      History has already proven that will all the remakes we’ve done.
      Only a select number of people actually know or prefer the original of any remakes- So I guess that’s the answer to the whole thing. Ignorance of the source material.

  3. I’m hoping for a darker and grittier take on it.

    • From Chris Columbus? Nope.

    • I would die for a darker and grittier taste. Maybe we could see the bodies being devoured.

  4. I like Columbus, but he’s a BAD fit.

    • And by ‘like,’ I mean he’s OK, but not special.

  5. I watched it the other night and it was a pretty good movie I was wondering when they would Americanize it but dang this quick LOL I hope they doit justice

  6. I’m not used to “giant trolls” – I sort of think of these as being more like ogres. I guess Tolkein’s trolls were pretty big, though, but I’m more used to the nine-feet variety from all my D&D game experiences.

    Ah well, I guess there’s no helping all these different takes on various monsters.

  7. oh dear gods, the Septics will ruin it

  8. Reasons why this unneeded reboot won’t work:

    1. Americans can’t really identify with Troll culture. Unless one is of Norse heritage or grew up reading folklore, Americans don’t really know or understand the importance of Trolls and how they shaped the history of Norway. Even cities are named after them. We don’t have this kind of connection to the landscape in America. Even if they go with the plot of ‘college kids go to Norway,’ it won’t ever be as emotionally or culturally important to them.

    2. The religious aspects would not translate well. Though Americans don’t really like to admit it, they’re too gun-ho with their religious beliefs to want to watch a man being eaten just because he’s a Christian. That’s quintessential to the film, and I don’t think producers will think it’s very kosher and will omit it, thus lessening the impact of the film.

    3. American directors won’t be able to handle it. They’ll try to make it too action-adventure with producer-plotted unneeded romance instead of a curious documentary gone horribly wrong.

    4. Speaking of directors, Columbus is a terrible choice. This isn’t an action-adventure with humorous quips and dancing at the end of the film. This isn’t the Goonies. He will make it more of a child’s film than anything, look what he did to the first Harry Potter film. This isn’t for children; most certainly children can watch, but it’s meant to stand on the brink of scary and suspenseful.

    Also, why? Why remake it? Is Hollywood so strapped for ideas that it has to steal them from other countries? Are they so unoriginal that they pounce on and shred a perfectly good film for no good reason. Oh yeah, they are.

    • We can’t identify with troll culture? Excuse you! We grew up with troll “culture”! The Three Billy Goats Gruff was one of my favorite fairy tales as a child. I would have my mother constantly read it to me. It terrified me and I loved it! Who goes trip-trapping over my bridge?! It’s brilliant!

      • Well, just that even though we may appreaciate The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and it may be the most widely known fairy tale in Norway (at least my teacher read it for my class countless times, and we had to do school plays based on it), most of the trolls who appear in the fairy tales collected by Asbjørnsen and Moe is a lot more frightening than a troll hiding under a bridge, eating goats. Have you ever heard of the Ash Lad who ate a match with the troll? Do you know that many of our mountains is said to be trolls that turned into stone when exposed to sunlight? Do you know how the seven sisters became mountains? Have you heard about the boys that met the trolls at Hedalsskogen? Your country may have a troll culture, but I doubt it is the same as the norwegian(scandinavian) one. If you where norwegian, you´d know that the Jotun lives in Jotunheimen, Dovregubben likewise in Dovre.
        In every tourist shop you visit in Norway, you´ll find trolls in different shapes, and we have lullabies with trolls; «Når trollmor har lagt sine 11 små troll». Grieg composed “In the hall of the mountain king” (I Dovregubbens hall), Theodor Kittelsen painted them and Henrik Ibsen wrote about them (Peer Gynt). We even have a oilfeld named Troll, and tourist attractions like “Trollstigen” – “Troll Ladder”. Yes, you have heard about trolls – that just isn´t the same thing.
        I apologize for my bad english :-)

    • 2. Obviously you don’t know anything about American culture. We’re not all Christian. Some of us are pagan and yet Hollywood hasn’t stopped making horror movies that cast the witch as the villain. Not to mention that there are countless horror movies that deal with religious views. Exorcist. Drag Me To Hell. Rosemary’s Baby. The movie about that little devil child Damon. We’re fine with those. We’ll be fine with a large troll eating a Christian man too.

      3. No. Not every movie revolves or involves romance. Some movies do, but not all of them. I’m quite sure that the directors would see that it isn’t called for in this movie.

      4. Since it’s a horror movie I would suggest Wes Craven to direct it. He’s brought us other horror classics. Like Nightmare on Elm Street. As for the writer I would suggest Stephen King. 1408 was a master piece!

      5. Norway doesn’t own trolls. There were other cultures that believed in them. Germany for one. I’ll think about the others.

      And no, they’re not! Hollywood is brilliant! It has come up with it’s own ideas in the past. Nightmare On Elm Street. The Conjuring. Drag Me To Hell. Should I go on?

  9. thoughts on this film being remade:

    Unnecessary? yes

    Less relevant to American culture? yes

    Will it make money? yes

    Will it be worth watching? yes

    Right now my main thought is that the part of Hans (the trollhunter) should be played by Samuel L. Jackson. And his name should not be changed.

    • Ha! That’s funny about Jackson. We admit we’re reluctantly pessimistic about the the film being worth watching (we want it to be, but aren’t too hopeful). Trollhunter is a one trick pony (and a very good one, mind you), so it’s hard to imagine that Chris can walk the fine line between original work and a film still framed with the simple, quirky feel of the Norwegian original. As for miscasting Sam Jackson elsewhere, as much as we like him, we’re not sure we understand why he was cast as Sgt. Fury. It may be unfair that a great character like Fury was characteristically white, but it is what it is. Of course, if his backstory is re-written (and made into a fresh and interesting alternative version), it won’t matter, so the modified Fury better be good. Jackson can fill up the screen if it is.

    • ROFLMAO!

      “Troooooooooooooll, mother***er!”

  10. I feel that Americans could not recreate the film accurately. But you’d better believe I will be there the day it comes out, complaining throughout.

  11. I am an actor. Right now there is nothing i would like better than for someone to offer me a role in a hollywood movie. However if Christopher Columbus offered me a role in the Troll Hunter remake, I would turn it down and fire my agent. I would hate to be a part of something that is no doubt going to ruin the original. Now here is something I don’t understand. Christopher Columbus says this… “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.” Is there anyone else out there who is thinking… Well if you haven’t seen certain scenes, WATCH THE DELETED SCENES ON THE FREAKIN DVD instead of ruining the entire project by knocking up a cheesy, rushed, all american and we are great, stinking cesspool of celuloid vomit. I’m thinking that a board of directors who have made this decision for this remake need to be slapped.

    • Also, “international audiences”? Why would, say, a non-english-speaking European rather read subtitles over a U.S. remake, than the original movie?

    • BS! If you were offered a part in this movie you would take it. Your career is most likely not going so great that you would turn this down.

  12. The bigger question asked is:
    Why do Hollywood, or the US, feels it is neccesary to remake non-american movies? Are they so against seeing movies from other perspectives than America?
    Here’s a truth bomb for you: The world doesn’t consist only of the white middle-class American male out to save the day.
    Getting ideas of making this remake is a bad idea to begin with, if not offensive to say the least to me as a Norwegian citizen. “troll hunter” is based on, if not about, Scandinavian Folklore, and a movie about Norway.
    Why can’t countries have movies where the setting takes place in their countries without Americans riding in on their big horses.

    • I don’t know. Why are you so against a remake? I wouldn’t feel insulted if your country decided to make a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street or some other slasher flick that we Americans consider a classic.