David Gordon Green's Suspiria Remake Shooting Next Year
by Alex Billington
September 8, 2009
Buried in the bottom of this Variety (via Empire) article talking about Tilda Swinton's desires to remake Auntie Mame is a little tidbit of news on David Gordon Green's Suspiria remake. It was first announced back in early 2008 that Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green was considering exploring the horror genre by remaking Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria. We haven't heard much since, probably because Green has been shooting Your Highness, but the article mentions that the First Sun production company is "on track" to produce the "long-in-gestation remake" with "a 2010 shooting date."
This is somewhat exciting to hear mainly because David Gordon Green is a great filmmaker and it's always exciting to hear about what he may be up to next, but it's also pretty cool because of the concept of the original. Suspiria was about an American student who travels to Germany and discovers that the fancy ballet academy she attends is actually comprised of a "coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction." It could even be referred to as the predecessor to today's modern "torture porn," but wiser cinephiles would only call it classic 70's horror. Oh and it was rumored that Natalie Portman would star in the remake.
With all that Portman has been cast in recently, including starring in a ballet thriller for Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and shooting Your Highness with Gordon Green right now, I honestly don't expect her to also star in this, when/if it starts shooting next year. No problem though, as I trust DGG will find some other amazing actress to star in this, as he's done in each of his past three films. Not that I have anything against stoner comedies, but I'd also just love to see DGG get back to directing a few films that aren't, well, stoner comedies. Hopefully this news stays true, as this would be a great little film to see get made. Thoughts?