Small screen adaptations of horror movies from decades past have become the norm here in the horror genre, though I’m not sure anyone was surprised when movies like From Dusk Till Dawn and Psycho made the leap. This next one, well, is sure to both surprise and confuse you.
This week’s strangest piece of news is that 1986 cult classic Troll is getting not just a TV series but also an animated movie, two things that I’m pretty sure nobody ever asked for. But they’re happening nonetheless, seemingly because somebody with money is out of his goddamn mind.
The film’s director, John Carl Buechler, will produce the 3D animated movie, titled Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. The 1986 film is notable for featuring a character named Harry Potter years before J.K. Rowling made the name famous, and these new projects will cash-in on that coincidence.
To make a strange news story even stranger, Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has signed on to voice a witch in the feature-length animated movie, which is set for release sometime in 2017. The plan, from there, is that the film will spawn a full-on animated TV series.
The feature will revisit the world of the wizardry originally created in the 1986 Troll movie in which a wicked, magical troll wizard envisages taking over the world. Only Harry Potter, Jr., with the help of a magical witch, can save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force.
“The original TROLL film has achieved cult status, and based upon its success we believed that the timing was right to produce an updated 3D animated version for a whole new generation of filmgoers,” said John Carl Buechler.
Co-Producer Peter Davy added, “We are already in pre-production. We have the financing in place and a strong international distributor. We are envisioning a series of animated sequels along with an animated TV series.”
Well. Alright then.