Although back in November, 2010, it was reported that Universal had acquired remake rights to the outstanding Norwegian cinéma-vérité style film Troll Hunter, it looks like those rights have instead landed at Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures in a partnership with CJ Entertainment & Media.
According to Deadline Marc Haimes is set to write the script. Columbus will produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe along with CJ Entertainment. Filmkameratene AS’s John M. Jacobsen (who produced the original) will also be a producer with his partner Sveinung Golimo.
Interestingly enough, the deal comes just as Magnolia opens the original Troll Hunter (review here) in a limited US theatrical rollout that begins today (see dates and locations below).
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.
“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.
Keep it here for more news as it comes. We especially want to know who’s going to play the enigmatic troll hunter! In the meantime here’s when and where you can see the original:
New York, NY: Village East Cinemas
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
Santa Cruz, CA: Nickelodeon Theatres
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
New Haven, CT: Criterion Cinemas 7
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema
Albuquerque, NM: Guild
Dormont, PA: Hollywood Theatre
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways Cinema
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
Omaha, NE: Dundee (Art)
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Columbus, OH: Gateway 8
Asheville, NC: Carolina Asheville 14
Salem, MA: Cinema Salem 3
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