Chris Columbus bags the remake rights to Trollhunter

Chris Columbus has acquired the rights to remake Norwegian found-footage thriller Trollhunter .

André Øvredal wrote and directed the 2010 original, which was released in the US just yesterday.

It looks like bags of fun though, as a group of student filmmakers head to the woods to investigate a spate of bear killings.

There they meet a troll hunter, who introduces them to all manner of impressively rendered beasties.

Imagine the mutant offspring of The Blair Witch Project and Jurassic Park , with just a little Guillermo del Toro DNA thrown into the mix, and you've got an idea of what to expect.

Columbus said: " Trollhunter was a visceral, thrilling, cinematic rock and rollercoaster 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."

There's currently no indication whether or not Columbus intends to actually direct the remake, or simply oversee it as a producer.

Columbus is best known as the director of Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter movies, but he also scripted Gremlins and The Goonies , so he knows a thing or two about movie monsters and rip-roaring adventures.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.