I don’t like American remakes of foreign films anymore than the next movie fanboy. For every “The Departed”, there are a dozen miserable failures. But there is one thing that makes me stop railing against a particular remake — that’s if the filmmakers responsible for the original are all for it. So basically, if the guys who actually made the movie in the first place have no problems with some soulless Hollywood suit remaking their movie, and is in fact all for participating in some capacity, who am I to bitch about it?
So while I know there are lots of fans of director André Øvredal’s mockumentary horror flick “Troll Hunter” out there (including our own Todd, who really dug it), Universal, who snapped up the remake rights last year, is still keen on doing it, and Øvredal is keen on them doing it. The director tells Joblo:
There is a contract negotiation going on. But it’s taking months, just because of details in the contract. There should be an announcement within several weeks. They have to make the announcement, but I am very proud that these people want to do the remake. I’m very happy about it.
Øvredal adds that he would be willing to become involve with the remake in some capacity, though he doesn’t sound especially interested in directing it himself.
Maybe. I’ve grown to know them a little bit so sure, whatever, I’ll be an advisor on it of some kind.
So there you have it, kids. A “Troll Hunter” remake is a very real possibility, and from the sounds of it, André Øvredal is more than happy to let them do it while he takes the money to the bank.
For those interested in seeing the original before Hollywood gets their hands on it, “Troll Hunter” will be available On Demand starting May 6th and will be in select theaters beginning on June 10th.