The film, inspired by Scandinavian legend, imagines a gigantic creature awakens from within the Norwegian mountains, where it has been trapped for 1,000 years. Enraged, the huge troll rampages through the countryside, enroute to the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
Uthaug will direct the film from his original idea. Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud of Norwegian shingle Motion Blur, the company behind Norwegian Netflix film Cadaver, will produce.
“Troll is an idea that has been developing in the back of my mind for over 20 years,” said Uthaug. “To finally be able to realize it with the enthusiastic and ambitious people at Netflix and Motion Blur is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to unleash this Norwegian monster on the world.”
Roar Uthaug has developed a reputation for delivering high-end action on a budget. His breakthrough film, the Scandi horror tale Cold Prey, was a local box office hit and spawned multiple sequels. But it was 2015 disaster movie The Wave, which imagines a earthquake triggering a massive tsunami that devastates a small town in a Norwegian fjord, that got Hollywood’s attention. Uthaug was tapped to direct Scandi star Alicia Vikander in the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot for Warner Bros. and MGM.
“We are incredibly proud to bring a Norwegian project of this scale to the world together with Roar Uthaug and Motion Blur,” said David Kosse, VP of International Original Film at Netflix. “Roar is an extremely skilled filmmaker and I’m excited for him to go back to his Norwegian roots with this ambitious, fun film.”
Producers Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud said they were particularly thrilled to be bringing a Norwegian fairy tale figure to life in a feature “played, directed and produced by Norwegians for the global market.”
Netflix plans to release Troll worldwide in 2022. An exact release date is still to be announced.