Neil Marshall has been tapped to write and direct the English-language remake of Scandinavian director André Øvredal’s 2010 found footage film Trollhunter.
The original film starts off as the story of a group of college students investigating a series of mysterious bear killings, but takes a serious twist when they encounter a man who claims to be one of a long line of people who hunt trolls, keeping them from interacting with humans. The film made fans when it did the festival circuit a few years back, enough for Hollywood to take notice and snap up the English-language remake rights. It’s happened before with such films as the 2008 vampire film Let The Right One In from Sweden and virtually the entire wave of J-horror films from last decade.
Marshall is a good choice for the project, given his past genre work with the films Descent and Dog Soldiers. My one concern about the project right now is that the original relied heavily on Scandinavian mythology to flesh out the various types of trolls encountered throughout the story and that an American version, if set elsewhere, would water down that fascinating and unique aspect of the film’s world-building.