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Norwegian Trolls not good enough for USA, must remake with American Trolls

06.10.2011

It was a pretty big deal that a low-budget film all the way from Norway was getting limited release in the US, and TROLL HUNTER is supposed to be something pretty special as it heads into select theaters this weekend. It tells the story of Norwegian film students who discover that giant trolls exist and have been covered up by the government.

So naturally, any good enough film from a foreign country must naturally be remade by us in America. Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures has partnered up with CJ Entertainment and Media to make this happen.

"Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie. Visually, there are scenes in this film that American audiences have never seen. We want to introduce an International audience to this amazing moviegoing experience!" said Chris Columbus.

So, in other words, we're going to take your low-budget film and inject it with steroids. I'm not sure if this means that Chris Columbus would direct an eventual remake, but he does have troll experience (directing the first Harry Potter film) and might requisition the job for himself.

Is this sort of move helping out a low-budget original film, or ripping off an idea?

Extra Tidbit: I would watch a movie called TROLL HUNTER where a vengeful online journalist hunts down all the annoying troll commenters that have hounded him...
Source: Deadline

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4:36PM on 06/13/2011
....not again
....not again
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12:48PM on 06/13/2011

Maybe Just me

They gave this movie on HDNet the other day, and its alright at best. Felt like another SYFY Original to me.
They gave this movie on HDNet the other day, and its alright at best. Felt like another SYFY Original to me.
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10:54PM on 06/11/2011
This is as stupid as casting an African Englishman as a Nordic God.
This is as stupid as casting an African Englishman as a Nordic God.
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1:07AM on 06/12/2011
Despite the fact Heimdall was indeed black in one of Marvel's reboots of Thor.
Despite the fact Heimdall was indeed black in one of Marvel's reboots of Thor.
10:58AM on 06/12/2011
Heimdall is Sif's father. How could he be black if she's not ?!
Well, in the movie, it's never said they're relatives, and Elba was good in the part so...
BUT STILL !
Heimdall is Sif's father. How could he be black if she's not ?!
Well, in the movie, it's never said they're relatives, and Elba was good in the part so...
BUT STILL !
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4:44AM on 06/11/2011
The Norwegian film is great, no need for a remake. Also, I believe the concept of "trolls" actually origins in Scandinavian folklore, Norse mythology, so its only right that the film takes place in Norway.
The Norwegian film is great, no need for a remake. Also, I believe the concept of "trolls" actually origins in Scandinavian folklore, Norse mythology, so its only right that the film takes place in Norway.
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12:08AM on 06/11/2011
"So naturally, any good enough film from a foreign country must naturally be remade by us in America. Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures..."

I thought that was a joke at first.
"So naturally, any good enough film from a foreign country must naturally be remade by us in America. Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures..."

I thought that was a joke at first.
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11:22PM on 06/10/2011

Fantastic.

I haven't seen this one. But why would you want to remake something that is amazing to begin with. Only way to make something good is shot by shot but that's just a waste of fuckin time too. Stop remaking movies and come up with new ideas. It's really not that hard, believe me I have like 20 already.
I haven't seen this one. But why would you want to remake something that is amazing to begin with. Only way to make something good is shot by shot but that's just a waste of fuckin time too. Stop remaking movies and come up with new ideas. It's really not that hard, believe me I have like 20 already.
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10:36PM on 06/10/2011
If only there were some sort of service that would, for a fee, deliver to you home a movie on some sort of disc that you could put into a machine that would then project this movie onto a screen or some sort... OR! even better, a servie that would delieve the movie, through a system of tubes, directly to you screen... hummmmm... if only....

Seriously though, I hate it when this happens. 90% of the time, the original is better (usually waaaay better). The solution? Watch the original
If only there were some sort of service that would, for a fee, deliver to you home a movie on some sort of disc that you could put into a machine that would then project this movie onto a screen or some sort... OR! even better, a servie that would delieve the movie, through a system of tubes, directly to you screen... hummmmm... if only....

Seriously though, I hate it when this happens. 90% of the time, the original is better (usually waaaay better). The solution? Watch the original through the many avenues we can watch films these days and DON'T see the remake. They won't do it if they don't make money....

That said... WHERE THE CRAP IS ATTACK THE BLOCK!?!?
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6:14PM on 06/10/2011
Don't get too worked up for this film. Saw it a while back. It's a good film don't get me wrong. But I no idea what to expect. With a boatload of expectations on it now you guys in the US might be letdown somewhat.
Don't get too worked up for this film. Saw it a while back. It's a good film don't get me wrong. But I no idea what to expect. With a boatload of expectations on it now you guys in the US might be letdown somewhat.
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6:06PM on 06/10/2011
This doesnt help an indie film its rippingit off. i hate when hollywood does this shit.
This doesnt help an indie film its rippingit off. i hate when hollywood does this shit.
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5:38PM on 06/10/2011
What could happens is that they'll buy the rights so NO OTHER STUDIO can have them, then, some executives will change in the Studio ans will say... "NAY, that's not going to make enought money" and the movie won't EVER be remade (it happens every day)... Or worst, they'll sell the rights to SyFy... BRRRR !!! Scary...
By the way... How is it going with ATTACK THE BLOCK ? Remake, subs, dubbing the movie in "us english"(and the original is great!)?
What could happens is that they'll buy the rights so NO OTHER STUDIO can have them, then, some executives will change in the Studio ans will say... "NAY, that's not going to make enought money" and the movie won't EVER be remade (it happens every day)... Or worst, they'll sell the rights to SyFy... BRRRR !!! Scary...
By the way... How is it going with ATTACK THE BLOCK ? Remake, subs, dubbing the movie in "us english"(and the original is great!)?
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5:29PM on 06/10/2011
There's a meme in this, somewhere.
There's a meme in this, somewhere.
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4:59PM on 06/10/2011
The point of movies is to make money. Anyone who says otherwise is fooling themselves. Sure, there are "artists" who think of it as an artform first, but then again Arronofsky almost made Wolverine 2, so even they know what's up.

This is a brand that could do well in an American market with a new cast and director, mainly because most people hate subtitles. Also, with Twilight and Harry Potter coming to an end, there is a void of really strong fantasy franchises out there, so this would be
The point of movies is to make money. Anyone who says otherwise is fooling themselves. Sure, there are "artists" who think of it as an artform first, but then again Arronofsky almost made Wolverine 2, so even they know what's up.

This is a brand that could do well in an American market with a new cast and director, mainly because most people hate subtitles. Also, with Twilight and Harry Potter coming to an end, there is a void of really strong fantasy franchises out there, so this would be an easy way to fix that.

If Columbus and co. wanting to make money is wrong, then Joblo should cut back on, say, %50 of ads...after all, the stories should come first, no?
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6:07PM on 06/12/2011
No, the point of movies is to entertain. To tell a story, to take us somewhere we wouldn't go in our own daily life.

The point of movie STUDIOS is to make money.
No, the point of movies is to entertain. To tell a story, to take us somewhere we wouldn't go in our own daily life.

The point of movie STUDIOS is to make money.
3:12PM on 06/10/2011

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I don't know if Tassi was just venting due to those comments he sometimes gets on this site, but if he was serious I'd probably like that movie. Reminds me of that movie Paparazzi, which was a guilty pleasure for me.
I don't know if Tassi was just venting due to those comments he sometimes gets on this site, but if he was serious I'd probably like that movie. Reminds me of that movie Paparazzi, which was a guilty pleasure for me.
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2:57PM on 06/10/2011

tibit...

Love it!
Love it!
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2:34PM on 06/10/2011
As an American I can honestly say that the original worked fine as it was and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Same goes for the Dragon tattoo series.
As an American I can honestly say that the original worked fine as it was and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Same goes for the Dragon tattoo series.
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2:07PM on 06/10/2011
The director should do what Hideo Nakata did with Dark Water. "Yes you can buy the rights to remake my movie for lots of money, as long as i get to direct it and get paid handsomely"
The director should do what Hideo Nakata did with Dark Water. "Yes you can buy the rights to remake my movie for lots of money, as long as i get to direct it and get paid handsomely"
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2:54PM on 06/10/2011
Hideo Nakata didnt direct the Dark Water remake. Walter Salles did.
Hideo Nakata didnt direct the Dark Water remake. Walter Salles did.
5:44PM on 06/10/2011
you're right! It was the Ring 2 where he directed the US remake. "My Bad" as my US cousins say.
you're right! It was the Ring 2 where he directed the US remake. "My Bad" as my US cousins say.
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1:57PM on 06/10/2011

good

the original was a great concept with a very underwhelming and awkward final product. Great effects, awkwardly glued together story, dialog and characters. Looking forward to the remake.
the original was a great concept with a very underwhelming and awkward final product. Great effects, awkwardly glued together story, dialog and characters. Looking forward to the remake.
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1:55PM on 06/10/2011
I'm always neutral on remakes, sometimes they work, most of the time they don't. And if they don't, fuck it, forget it and watch the original again.

I loved Trollhunter, specifically the slow pace, the trolls, the humor and the deep, epic ending.
I'm always neutral on remakes, sometimes they work, most of the time they don't. And if they don't, fuck it, forget it and watch the original again.

I loved Trollhunter, specifically the slow pace, the trolls, the humor and the deep, epic ending.
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12:56PM on 06/10/2011
Figures.
Figures.
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12:22PM on 06/10/2011
Lame. This is one of those projects I see as something that comes along once in a while. It is what it is and people shouldn't tamper with it. It took a particular group of talent to create a film as successful as they did and trying to replicate that success with big hollywood names and money is a poor way to capitalize on that success. I realize this is the way of hollywood, but seriously, they need to stop taking up every little thing that interests people and try to turn it into some big
Lame. This is one of those projects I see as something that comes along once in a while. It is what it is and people shouldn't tamper with it. It took a particular group of talent to create a film as successful as they did and trying to replicate that success with big hollywood names and money is a poor way to capitalize on that success. I realize this is the way of hollywood, but seriously, they need to stop taking up every little thing that interests people and try to turn it into some big production. Just let the little films have their spotlight.
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12:14PM on 06/10/2011

Tidbit

Hmm...maybe a documentary about the subculture, instead of a wet dream.

What I'm more concerned with is how much is Columbus paying for the rights. If I made a low-budget movie I might be thrilled for a major studio to take interest, at least then I'd know I had something people liked enough to do their own take on it. I'm not generally in favor of remakes in principle, and it may suck, but if it gives the director enough clout to fund a follow-up that's got a better budget, I'll bet he's
Hmm...maybe a documentary about the subculture, instead of a wet dream.

What I'm more concerned with is how much is Columbus paying for the rights. If I made a low-budget movie I might be thrilled for a major studio to take interest, at least then I'd know I had something people liked enough to do their own take on it. I'm not generally in favor of remakes in principle, and it may suck, but if it gives the director enough clout to fund a follow-up that's got a better budget, I'll bet he's not complaining.
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12:06PM on 06/10/2011

I agree. Lame.

Trolljegeren was terrifically entertaining. It straddled the line between humorous fantasy and believable thriller perfectly. If American actors hunt for American trolls, it'll just be silly. If it's Americans in Norway, well, that's pretty lame also.
Trolljegeren was terrifically entertaining. It straddled the line between humorous fantasy and believable thriller perfectly. If American actors hunt for American trolls, it'll just be silly. If it's Americans in Norway, well, that's pretty lame also.
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12:00PM on 06/10/2011

Lame

This sounds like a pretty lame and arrogant move. "I liked your movie a lot... BUT... I think I can probably do it better." He may as well just save time and spit in the original director's face and call it a day.
This sounds like a pretty lame and arrogant move. "I liked your movie a lot... BUT... I think I can probably do it better." He may as well just save time and spit in the original director's face and call it a day.
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