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As “Troll Hunter” opens, remake rights go to Chris Columbus

By Sean O’Connell It’s always been a trend, though it seems to be happening more and more: Find a foreign film that works quite well and immediately greenlight an American version.

Sometimes it’s a drama (take the U.S. version of Susanne Bier’s “Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman for a recent example). More often than not, though, it is a horror film, from “The Ring” to the recent “Let Me In,” which recreated the Swedish hit “Let the Right One In.”

This morning, we’re learning of another creature feature that’s getting a U.S. polish, even though the original, foreign version is just now hitting our shores. We’re talking about “Troll Hunter,” André Øvredal’s low-budget Norwegian thriller about … well, mythbusters who video tape their troll hunt, only to have the footage found long after their disappearance (hello, “Blair Witch.”)

Now Deadline is reporting that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and CJ Entertainment & Media have picked up the rights to remake “Troll Hunter” for U.S. audiences.

“Troll Hunter was a visceral, thrilling cinematic rock and roller coaster ride of a movie,” the “Harry Potter” director said. “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!”

But will they increase the budget? And if they do, will that remove some of the original’s grungy charms?

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