‘Troll Hunter’ Will Soon Not Be So Annoyingly Norwegian

Tim Grierson
The Projector
There will be trolls. Magnet Releasing
There will be trolls. Magnet Releasing

You know, there are other movies coming out this weekend besides "Super 8." In fact, "Super 8" isn't even the only new movie featuring scary creatures. In New York (and on VOD), there's "The Troll Hunter," a thriller shot like a found-footage, cinema-verite documentary about a bunch of film students and a legendary troll hunter who go after some particularly ornery trolls. Leitch liked it, and we're excited to check it out, but some people may be put off by the fact that it's foreign. Yes, the film comes from Norway, so you've got to deal with a bunch of subtitles when all you want do is focus on the trolls.

Fear not: Hollywood is on the case. On the same day as writer-director André Ovredal's film makes its U.S. debut, Deadline revealed that there's going to be an American remake. It's being produced by one of our nation's film critics' favorite punching bags: Chris Columbus. Yes, the man who directed the first two (bad) "Harry Potter" movies and "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" will be overseeing the American "Troll Hunter." This seems like a perfectly reasonable pairing of producer and material.

Though Ovredal's "Troll Hunter" probably won't make much dough in the States, you can see why American producers would snatch it up. The movie fits nicely into two Hollywood trends. The first is an interest in adapting any and all Scandinavian horror/thrillers. ("Let the Right One In" and "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" both hailed from Sweden.) The other is found-footage horror movies. When even Barry Levinson is making a found-footage horror movie, you know it's a popular genre. If they make their "Troll Hunter" remake in 3D, they'll have a hat trick.

Norwegian Fright Film Troll Hunter In Remake Deal With Chris Columbus' 1492 And CJ Entertainment [Deadline]