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.