Neil Marshall to Rewrite and Direct TROLL HUNTER Remake; Confirmed to Helm Large-Scale GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Episode

     September 20, 2013


The Descent filmmaker Neil Marshall hasn’t directed a feature film since 2010’s Centurion, but it looks like that may finally change very soon.  Marshall earned high praise for helming the “Blackwater” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and now Deadline reports that he has signed on to rewrite and direct a remake of the 2010 Norwegian film Troll Hunter.  Production is looking to get underway in early 2014 while there’s still snow on the ground, which means that things are going to move very quickly on the project.  The original pic centered on a group of students investigating mysterious bear killings who come across a troll hunter and, subsequently, a giant troll.

Hit the jump for more, including news of Marshall helming another massive episode of Game of Thrones.

We learned a few months ago that Marshall was being asked back to helm another episode of Game of Thrones, and Deadline confirms that the filmmaker is currently in Ireland directing the show’s biggest episode of season four, noting that it is on the scale of “Blackwater.”  Marshall also directed the pilot for Starz’s pirate drama Black Sails, which premieres in January.  Once the director returns from his Game of Thrones duties, he will start work straight away on the Troll Hunter redo.  Producers are apparently aiming high in casting the lead for the $25 million pic, with their sights set on a male actor not normally associated with the genre.

Watch the trailer for the original Troll Hunter below.  Season four of Game of Thrones will likely begin airing next March.


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  • Greg

    Collider really needs to do something about these “work on the internet” spam messages…

    Anyway, I’m not entirely against a remake of Troll Hunter. The original was lots of fun and had some great ideas, but it also had a lot of lapses in logic and character motives. If they can fix that and keep the charm of the original intact, they might have a winner.

    • Nerdgasm

      The thing is…they aren’t bots. They are actually humans doing it. Even sites that have the “put the word in the box” security can’t get around them. They are here to stay. Cause if you also notice… they are signed into an actual account and are not guests. But I know someone that works for an internet telemarketing crew. They treat their people very well. So they don’t feel bad i guess.

      • Ben

        They can moderate though, like the good old days, and like forums… Hire a comment moderator and delete the shit that gets put up.

  • OhDawg

    I dunno about a remake. It feels very… Scandinavian to me. An English-language remake set in Norway would be a complete waste of time and money, that is something we don’t need.

    • Ben

      Don’t need a remake, the original was great.

    • The_Dude

      Don’t watch it, then.

      • OhDawg

        I thought that was obvious, but apparently not. So, for the cheap seats: An English-language remake set in Norway would be a complete waste of time and money, that is something I won’t watch.

  • CrushYourEnemies

    I wonder if they’ll keep the “trolls can smell Christian blood” angle of the original?

  • The_Dude

    He looks like a turtle.

  • FoonZeeS

    This is kind of a let down for me. I really enjoyed Troll Hunter. Instead of making a whole new movie why not spend some money on marketing the original to people who might enjoy such a film but had not heard of it.