EXCLUSIVE: Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to acquire remake rights to the 2010 Andre Ovredal-directed Norwegian film Troll Hunter. Marc Haimes is set to write the script. Deal comes just as Magnolia opens the original Troll Hunter in the US and on VOD.
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. Columbus will produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe, and CJ Entertainment. Filmkameratene AS’s John M. Jacobsen (who produced the original) will also be a producer along with his partner Sveinung Golimo.
“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,” said Columbus.
Columbus’ 1492 set up the film through its three-year development deal with CJ Entertainment & Media. They just acquired screen rights to Michael Koryta’s The Cypress House (Columbus will write that script) as well as a remake of the Korean pic Hello Ghost and Temple Stay with director JK Youn.
Haimes is writing Jitters at Paramount and Elevator Man at Summit.