Netflix has ordered a sequel to “Troll,” the Norwegian action-adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug, who helmed Norway’s first disaster movie, “The Wave.”
“Troll 2” reteams Uthaug (“Tomb Raider”) with writer Espen Aukan and producers Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud at Motion Blur, the Oslo-based banner whose credits include “Cadaver,” “Amundsen” and “The 12th Man.”
The first installment unfolds in the aftermath of an explosion in the Norwegian mountains, which awakens an ancient troll. The story revolves around a fearless paleontologist who embarks on a journey to stop the troll from wreaking deadly havoc. The cast included Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Pettersen and Gard B. Eidsvold.
“Troll” premiered globally on Netflix in 2022 and quickly became the streamer’s most popular non-English film of all time, with a record-breaking 103,000,000 views in its first 91 days, according to Netflix. The epic movie also ranked in the Top 10 in 93 countries and topped the charts in Norway, the U.S. and the U.K.
“Making ‘Troll’ was a lifelong dream come true, and the reception our Norwegian movie has received around the world has been unbelievable,” said Uthaug.
Horn and Sinkerud, meanwhile, said the second installment of “Troll” will be “again spinning on a Norwegian fairy tale figure, played, directed and produced by Norwegians.” The film will start shooting in 2024.
Netflix’s original Norwegian content also includes the series “Salmon Island” (working title) from the creators of the popular crime comedy series “Lilyhammer,” Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin; as well as “Royalteen” by Per-Olav Sørensen; “Ragnarok”; “War Sailor”; and “Royalteen: Princess Margrethe.”