This week on The Collision, we talk about Pacific Rim, public perceptions of influences, the business of original blockbuster properties, American vs. Japanese entertainment sensibilities, the career of writer-director Guillermo del Toro, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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As Magnet releases the Norwegian action film Trollhunter on to VOD and into theaters, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures is partening with CJ Entertainment & Media to remake the film. The film is part of the currently-popular found-footage genre and is about a group of students investigating a series of mysterious killings. They eventually team up with a stranger hunter who is in the business of hunting trolls. I haven’t seen the film, but I’ve heard there’s a strong religious aspect, and you can even gather that from the trailer. Deadline reports that Marc Haimes will write the script and I’m curious to see if he’ll keep the religious elements of the story.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the Norwegian version of Trollhunter. You can check out the film now on Video-on-Demand and possibly at your local art house theater.
From Norwegian writer/director André Øvredal, Troll Hunter is a hugely entertaining film that makes use of documentary style filmmaking to bring a unique and suspenseful story to life that features beasts known only to Norwegians in stories from their childhood. When the government says that there is a problem with bears in the mountains and forests of Norway, a trio of college students sets out to find the truth. With a video camera always on, they trail a mysterious man (Otto Jespersen) who they are determined to get answers from, not knowing that they will risk their lives on a quest to capture trolls on film. The film is both original and darkly humorous, making use of the stunningly beautiful countryside of Norway to bring this horrific story to life.
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker André Øvredal, who has made the transition from being one of Norway’s most successful commercial directors, talked about taking on a very Norwegian subject for his first feature, hiring a very famous Norwegian comedian to take on the role of the very serious Troll Hunter, all of the extra footage they have for the DVD release (they shot 50 hours of footage), and how unbelievable the overwhelmingly positive reaction for the film has been. He also talked about the American remake he is currently finalizing a deal for, possible sequel ideas, and his desire to work in the Hollywood system. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The U.S. trailer for Trollhunter has been released. The Norwegian film screened at Sundance earlier this year and focuses on a group of filmmakers on the hunt for trolls, naturally. The trailer’s a lot of fun, with the Blair Witch-esque shooting style providing plenty of chases through the woods and looks of horror on the characters’ faces. Really, this has everything you’re looking for in a movie about people hunting trolls. Hit the jump for the trailer.