Yesterday’s film festival sleepers continue to become tomorrow’s big-budget remakes: Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fast Five producer Neal Moritz is planning on turning the quirky midnight movie hit Big Man Japan into an American franchise, Chris Columbus has optioned the remake rights for Troll Hunter, André Øvredal’s “found-footage” horror film about a group of students who run afoul of legendary monsters straight out of Norwegian folklore. In a statement, Columbus said, “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!" Of course, some would argue that introduction has already been accomplished by, you know, releasing the original in international theaters and on video, like it just was today. But we suppose copying it with American actors is another way to go about it.
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