‘Troll Hunter’ Remake to be Directed by Neil Marshall

Published 12 months ago by , Updated September 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm,

 ‘Troll Hunter’ Remake to be Directed by Neil Marshall

Three years ago, movie websites across the Internet began to buzz about an unusual film property – a low-budget, mockumentary-style horror-comedy from Norway called Troll Hunter. European genre enthusiasts all but sung the movie’s praises from the mountaintops, fomenting a small but potent head of hype when it eventually opened in the United States.

While Troll Hunter didn’t exactly blow the top off the stateside box office, it did earn generally warm reviews and has built up a healthy cult following (largely via its semi-permanent status streaming on Netflix). This led to director Chris Columbus’s 1492 Productions purchasing the rights for a remake of the film – a remake that has finally found a director in fan-favorite Neil Marshall (Centurion).

Deadline reports that Marshall is preparing to begin filming an English-language remake of Troll Hunter in early 2014. Perhaps best known for his recent work directing the spectacular “Blackwater” episode of Game of Thrones, Marshall is currently finishing work on another episode of the same show for its fourth season. Once he has completed his duties for the HBO series, Marshall intends to begin filming Troll Hunter while the winter season holds – thus confirming that this remake will retain something of the original’s chilly setting.

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The Norwegian Troll Hunter follows three amateur college filmmakers as they attempt to make a documentary about a man that they initially believe to be a pitiless bear poacher. When the trio follows him deep into the Norwegian woods, they discover firsthand that this gruff loner is in fact a government-sanctioned trolljeger, tasked with keeping the nation’s troll population in check. What follows is a genuinely scary, wryly hilarious ride – with surprisingly great special effects, to boot.

Marshall’s involvement with Troll Hunter’s English adaptation will no doubt summon conflicted feelings in genre fans. The British director has a wonderful visual eye and produces consistently engaging work (even when it’s gonzo nonsense such as Doomsday). Troll Hunter will be his return to the horror genre – his first since 2005’s The Descent, easily one of the best horror films of the last decade.

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Image from ‘The Descent,’ 2005.

All this said, a comparatively low-budget remake of Troll Hunter (this version is being made for $25 million, roughly equivalent to the budget of the original) feels problematic at best. When foreign films are remade simply to get their respective properties into English, there’s always a whiff of cynicism about the proceedings – one that is unfortunately supported by every news story of American audiences asking for refunds because a movie has subtitles. This case feels especially market-driven, given how well the original Troll Hunter holds up.

Of course, English-language remakes need not be hollow shadows of their inspirations. In a similarly Nordic example, Let Me In ended up a critically respected and commercially viable film – all despite early concerns that it would be a diminished version of Let the Right One In. In addition, there are elements of Troll Hunter that are – despite being approachable to foreign audiences – fairly unique to Norwegian culture and folklore. Having shown a knack for adapting monster legends in Dog Soldiers, Marshall could possibly bring a more British sensibility to the idea of trolls as especially rapacious wildlife.

For all our anxiety regarding this remake, for the moment we’ll reserve judgment until we know more about how Marshall will approach the material. Check back with Screen Rant for more information on when Troll Hunter will emerge from those deep, dark woods.

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Troll Hunter has no firm release date, but will begin filming in early 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Government-sactioned trolljeger. There’s no “-en” at the end.

    Best regards from Norway. Hope this doesn’t suck.

    • Many thanks for the tip!

  2. take that norwegia.

    • We Danish guys get all the chicks. I know quite a few that like to have a little “Danish” in the morning at breakfast!

      • ….(and I don’t mean chicks with feathers…!).

  3. “Troll Hunter” was great, but the fact is there is a large audience that just won’t watch foreign language films. (largely english speakers). If it is done well, there is no reason it can’t be great. I don’t mind subtitles. I watch all my anime in japanese, so I’m used to it. However, I actually prefered “Let me in” to “Let the right one in”.

    It’s only when they go changing stuff about for the sake of it that things get ruined.

    • “The fact is there is a large audience that just won’t watch foreign language films.”
      I never got that, considering the fact that foreign people watch american movies all the time and don’t have a problem with that…

      • Exactly.

        We’re English speakers here in England yet a lot of us watch movies whether they have subtitles or not. I don’t get that apparently American exclusive mentality.

        • Most of the american movies come to France and people watch them in the original language, or subtitled. Some people even pride themselves of this… Anyway I think it comes down to wether you like movie making in general… There are tons of excellent movies all around the world and I think it’s just a pity to ignore them just because they happen to be in a different language.

        • I’m English. And we certainly don’t get enough foreign language films. The English ARE lazy when it comes to other languages. Just look at how many native English speak a second language. Hardly anyone has bothered learning Welsh except the welsh themselves. Shocking really.

      • That’s why I specifically said “English speakers”. We are terrible for it, however our films semm to travel more. Many countries dub english language films, while we tend to not like dubs and many are too lazy to watch subtitles.

        I was pointing out the shame of native english speaking countries being pretty shameful on accepting other languages in film. It’s funny, you only have to look at the comments on youtube to see how many people think the internet is only for the english language. The truth is the English languages success at becoming the “go to” language for the world has made native speakers extremely lazy to adopt other tongues.

        • English is the universal language due to us British colonising most of the world and making the people speak it, we educated and taught them to be civilised, sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t, but you can thank us for most things, unfortunately because of the current condition of the education system here and abroad most people can barely read or even comprehend a decent story and plot, that’s why Hollywood churns out rubbish from the likes of Kurtzman, Orci and Lindleof who are dumbing down movies one awful script at time!

          I’m thankful for foreign movies with Headhunters, I saw the devil and The Skin I Live In being some of the best I’ve seen in a long time!!

          • Oh and Troll Hunter remake is an awful idea, if you can’t read watch it dubbed

          • Real English doesn’t even exist anymore. England got colonised by the Vikings, Gauls, Romans etc…..

            The English language now is made up of Latin, French, Nordic, Germanic tongues. It’s not like English is a purely original creation. Britain is one of the most multi cultural countries on the planet, especially considering it’s size. Yet outside of the immigrated communities most do not speak another language. Not even our closest neighbours, French, Spanish, German, Dutch etc…. I guess we just did what was done to us. I have no idea how we got away with it tbh.

            Yet thousands of English ex pats live in Spain and have no intention of learning the language or intigrate. They want it to be just like England, but with sun. I don’t know anyone who speaks a second language (Me included). Yet ask that question in The Netherlands, France or Germany and you’ll get young people speaking two or three.

            • That’s a shame but then, I live in a pretty regular area in the middle of decent and deprived and have known quite a few who live here and actively speak more than just English.

              For example, I used to greet the old shopkeeper by my house in Urdu despite him being born and raised here and only speaking it to his family. There was also the time myself and a friend decided to learn Cantonese from the woman who worked in the Chinese takeout place that used to be nearby while we waited for our food.

              Then there’s the guy who spoke 5 languages that I was friends with back in college. That guy was a genius though, we had some great intellectual discussions.

              Have to admit though, I hate going to the places where other Brits like to travel for the reason you stated. If I wanted to be in a place that looks and sounds like England but with hot weather and constant sunshine, I’d wait until May-August and experience a British summer.

        • However our films semm to travel more

          Indeed. Just look at the current lineup in a German cinema:

          2 Guns
          The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones
          Conjuring
          Da geht noch was
          This is the End
          Monster University
          The Smurfs 2
          Now You See Me
          Elysium
          Feuchtgebiete
          Geld her oder Autsch’n
          Despicable Me 2
          Jurassic Park 3D
          Keinohrhase und Zweiohrküken 3D
          Grown Ups 2
          Lone Ranger
          Lost Place 3D
          Michael Kohlhaas
          Pain & Gain
          Paranoia
          Percy Jackson 2
          Planes
          RED 2
          RIPD
          Riddick
          The World’s End
          White House Down
          The Millers

          That’s 21 American movies, 5 German movies, 1 French/German movie and 1 British one.

          • That doesn’t surprise me at all, look at the money in the American movie industry, it’s probably ten times that of every other country, that’s why opening day records come from US box office and not Europe, Hollywood is king, doesn’t make it better

            • That’s why it’s always surprising to hear that Bollywood is a bigger money making business than Hollywood.

              They showed Mother India on TV here recently but it was stuck in the 2am time slot, which is really unfortunate because it really is one of those classic movies that anyone who loves cinema should see at least once. Heartbreaking movie.

    • Oh goody. We got so use to Hollywood turn great films into a piece of trash we lowered our selfs to giving them a lousy and stupid excuse on why they should remake all these great foreign films. You guys proud of that?

      • I’m certainly not proud of that. Not at all. But if they want a movie to reach an audience that isn’t interested it’s either do it, or don’t. The original isn’t going anywhere, and if the remake is bad then you can feel extra smug about it.

  4. I liked Troll Hunter until I got to the part where I actually saw what the trolls looked like.

    They look like muppets. Not scary at all. Non-threatening, goofy looking creations designed by Jim Henson.

    • If you went in to troll hunter expecting a horror movie you were doomed from the start

  5. Loved the original. I think in order for it to work here they need to make it a more classical horror movie. Some scary parts. But I don’t know… I loved the original and I’ll see this one just out of curiosity.

  6. There were actually American movie viewers asking for refunds due to a movie having subtitles?

    Wow, that’s pretty terrible for people who like to wave the flag in support of human intelligence. I have trouble believing anyone who complains about subtitles has the intelligence to even get into the cinema to buy a ticket, no matter which country they live in.

    • That and the fact that when you go watch a movie, you’re supposed to know if there’s gonna be subtitles or not!?! I mean, you have to know what you’re going to be watching, no?

    • I don’t wave a flag for intelligence but I wear a flag button for it.

  7. Troll Hunter was pretty darn funny. (Maybe not on purpose.) It was hilarious how serious it took itself. But it just needed to go a little further.

  8. Starring the 7 Dwarves? Billy Barty? A few Munchkins and Lilliputions?! Hee-hee, ya gotta be kidding…but still, there was Leprechan! Well, at the Wal-Mart where I work, we have a boss who is nicknamed “Rumplestiltskin”, because he is like a mean-spirited little gnome. Perhaps he could be featured???

  9. @Goldilocks

    we could call the movie “Horrible Gnome Bosses”

    I worked at Walmart long ago and all my bosses were lyin’ sacks of troll dung.

    • Things gave changed over the years..instead of lyin’ sacks of troll dung, some are standing up!!! (but still telling many untruths!! hee-hee!).

      Gnome? Yes I “Gnome” (know ‘em) well!

    • lol

  10. One just has to wonder why the United States don’t simply invest a little more into developing a good dubbing industry. It works for Italy. Besides, it’s been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Hollywood can do quality voice acting work, if one has to judge by the animation and video game industries. So what gives?

    • Animation is easy to dub. Live action, when it’s done well can be great. But often it is not done well at all. It’s like they only have five actors and they do the same characters for everything. It makes it come off as comedy.

      I agree with you. If they invested in good quality dubbing it would help non English language films find a wider audience.

      • I should’ve said “animation is easier to dub” , You still get awfully dubbed animation. It really makes you appreciate the ones that are done well.

  11. “Let Me In ended up a critically respected and commercially viable film – all despite early concerns that it would be a diminished version of Let the Right One In”

    Is that really a contradiction?

  12. Remake? The movie is like three years old…I guess the point is to Americanize it, which maybe isn’t a bad idea considering most Americans refuse to watch foreign films.

  13. well I think it’ll be a great idea altho really enjoyed it altho couldn’t understand the words it was fantastic

    • Those pesky, hard to understand words like “look” and “driving”, eh? If only they’d remove those confusing English language subtitles.

  14. I actually love subtitled movies. I love and grew up on the Japanese Godzilla movies. I’ve been wanting to pick up Troll Hunter for awhile now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I’d rather watch the original first

  15. This saddens me. I really liked this movie and as far as “Foreign Films” go. I had this one right up there with “Das Boot” Which was spectacular. I perfer to watch it with the sub titles then in English. I feel the same about “Troll Hunter”. Why cant they just leave some things alone.

  16. Stupid to remake such a fine film. Saw it with some friends for a fifth time some weeks ago, – still kicks ass. I am fluent in Norwegian since I’m Swedish so I might be biased, but I find it stupid to remake it just because the original is in Norwegian.

  17. I’d MUCH rather see shadow of the colossus turned into a movie!

  18. You know what? This is BS. If dumb American audiences can’t get off their unworldly butts and find out about these indie flicks on their own, they don’t deserve to enjoy them. Most mindless runts in an audience would have laughed at this idea and not taken it seriously.

    This movie is WAY less a comedy and more a realistic doc-style film. Sure there are hilarious parts to it, but it’s not made to be a flippin’ comedy, I can’t believe anyone would even categorize it as that.

    The same exact thing happened with “Let The Right One In” which was “Americanized” to “Let Me In”. Movie didn’t do that well, and the sad thing is practicaly no one saw the great (Swedish?) original which featured great acting and characterization. I’m Amercian, but 90% of my brethren won’t even sit through subtitles for Christ’s sake. I really don’t think the casual morons deserve another take on this story. The original has it’s charm because of where it came from, how realistic it’s portrayed and the great acting.

    Go watch the REAL thing people! I’m sick of these garbage remakes. They are NEVER better!

  19. You know what? This is bull. If dumb American audiences can’t get off their couches and find out about these indie flicks on their own, they don’t deserve to enjoy them. Most mindless movie-goers in an audience would have laughed at this idea and not taken it seriously.

    This movie is WAY less a comedy and more a realistic doc-style film. Sure there are hilarious parts to it, but it’s not made to be a flippin’ comedy, I can’t believe anyone would even categorize it as that.

    The same exact thing happened with “Let The Right One In” which was “Americanized” to “Let Me In”. Movie didn’t do that well, and the sad thing is practicaly no one saw the great (Swedish?) original which featured great acting and characterization. I’m Amercian, but 90% of my brethren won’t even sit through subtitles. I really don’t think the casual trolls (pun intended!) deserve another take on this story. The original has it’s charm because of where it came from, how realistic it’s portrayed and the great acting.

    Go watch the REAL thing people! I’m sick of these garbage remakes. They are NEVER better!

  20. Hello from Southern England;

    Here are some of my own notes from this small, yet sometimes influential island . . .

    English is a modern invention.
    It is a totally mongrel, frankenstein-like language, cobbled together mainly from latin, greek, germanic, french. A little tiny bit of the original indigenous pre Celtic tongue has survived, despite the many invasions and takeovers. English has a huge amount of nonsensical irregularities, making it actually quite difficult to learn.

    English people labour under the illusion that we have all been speaking like this for hundresds of years, and that we invented everything of any note, and are the best this, that, and the other etc etc etc. Islands tend to get like that – i think it’s a form of stir crazy, and also the result of way too many invasions over a few thousand years.

    English people are usually even more parochial then their American cousins, despite their protestations to the contrary, but they do love to go on with not-so-very-truisms like ‘spreading culture and language around the world’ or . . ‘being more cultured than Americans’ etc etc.

    The truth is that America is a rich ocean of modern culture, whereas English culture can generally be navel-gazing, arch, contrived and, basically, a bit crap.
    I refer you all to English films, English books, English radio, English art, English television and English newspapers. All mainly awful.

    Like the Romans, we tend to pinch stuff and claim it as our own.
    The architecture, for example.

    English music, however, was and is still pretty good here and there. And the food, contrary to what almost everyone says the world over, can be truly excellent – but not from a supermarket, nor from a restaurant. There is no such thing as English [or British] food served in a restaurant. The ‘famous’ fish’n’chips was brought over by the French.

    I am English by the way, with Irish and Scottish blood too, but unlike many other English people, I love to speak other languages, and have lived abroad [and not in an expat community, god forbid.]

    All the best!

    Kieran.

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