Nearly two years ago, the last time we talked about David Gordon Green’s long in the works remake of Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria, things were looking quite grim for the project. Saying, “I don’t know if it’ll ever happen,” Green made it sound as if his re-imagining was as dead as ever. While I know many horror fans were probably glad that this one never came to light, I can’t help but be curious at the notion of Green taking on the horror genre, especially with a film like Suspiria.
So why are we talking about the remake today? Green had some encouraging words for the Crave B-Movies Podcast, saying that “I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week.” Again, while I was mostly curious to see Green’s turn behind the camera for something in the realm of horror, getting an Italian director for the remake is exciting nonetheless. But who could it be?
And while Green didn’t shed much more information than that, he does go on to dish a few details about his plans for the remake. “I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera, basically of [Suspiria],” Green explains. “I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets. Isabelle Huppert was going to be in it, [and] Janet McTeer. We had an amazing cast of elegance and prestige that we were engineering for it.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I love the way Green describes his take on Argento’s film. It not only sounds like it was going to be a faithful adaptation, but one that was going to be something big and scary while creating its own voice. Back when it sounded like Suspiria was dead in the water, Green noted that the reason was mostly because the budget was just too big for a film that a studio was essentially going to be taking a risk on. Maybe with the right talent and some cuts to the budget, we could actually see this one come to life.
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