Alamo Drafthouse’s annual Fantastic Fest (running September 19-26 this year) is famous for, among other things, “Secret Screenings,” where viewers walk into a movie with absolutely no idea what they’re about to see, and hopefully walk out having watched some as-yet-unreleased modern classic. In 2010, one of Fantastic Fest’s surprises was Trollhunter, a found-footage movie from Norway about a bunch of camera-wielding college students who meet a (you guessed it) troll hunter. The film got very positive reviews out of the festival, went on to play Sundance the next winter, and had a successful cult run in theaters and on home video. (And hey, you can watch it on Netflix right now.)
The premise was so fun and clever that there’s now a Trollhunter remake in the works. Deadline reports that the $25 million English-language version will be directed by Neil Marshall. In recent years, Marshall has been spending a lot of time working in television, most notably on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, as well as the pilot of an upcoming Starz series called Black Sails. But he’s still best known as the filmmaker behind interesting indie genre fare like The Descent, Doomsday, and Centurion. So Trollhunter fits nicely into the rest of his oeuvre.
According to Deadline, Marshall will rewrite a script by Mark Haimes in time for an early 2014 shoot “while there’s still snow on the ground in the locations where they will shoot.” You know how those trolls love snow.