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David Gordon Green Wants 'Suspiria' Remake to Be His Next Project

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March 28, 2011
Source: The Playlist

Suspiria

We've been hearing for a little over three years that David Gordon Green, director of Pineapple Express, wants to remake the horror classic Suspiria. However, just recently we found out the hold-up was the original film's director, Dario Argento, holding back the remake rights. Thankfully, the filmmaker released the remake rights and we heard Green might tackle the project this year. Now, whilst promoting the opening of his new comedy Your Highness on April 8th (watch the most recent hilarious red band trailer here), Green himself confirms the remake as his hopeful next film and talks about his take on the project.

Green spoke with The Playlist saying, "I’m hopefully going to get into a horror film, [Suspiria] next. That’s the goal." As for his version of the story, Green says it's rather unconventional and may be a challenge to get off the ground, "[Our Suspiria] doesn’t follow the trend of the traditional horror movies of late, so it’s a leap of faith, financially." However, he says his version doesn't disrespect the original film, "It’s actually very faithful. I’m gonna put my spin on it, but in terms of a pitch, it’s going to remain quite faithful to [the original].” In addition, Green also commented on Natalie Portman's rumored involvement which doesn't seem to be in the cards anymore:

“I want an unknown cast, and I think she’s a little too old for it. My version isn’t necessarily about ballet, it’s more of an all-girls boarding school, so I think she’s probably too old to pass for a high school-er. I don’t think it will have names, but hopefully it will be at a studio. Because I definitely enjoy having a movie that gets marketed that people go to see. But there’s no greater passport. ‘Suspiria’ is a great reason to move to Germany, hang out there for awhile, discover some new European cast members, find something scary."

So it sounds like the Suspiria remake may actually be closer to a reality. The question is whether or not a studio will be willing take on an unconventional horror flick without at least one big name attached to the feature. As for anyone worried about the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness taking on a horror flick like this, let's not forget that before Green took on big studio comedies, he also directed low key indie dramas like All the Real Girls and Snow Angels. So the guy is a versatile filmmaker. Sound good?

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  • Voice of Reason
    remakes remakes remakes.....sigh
  • tir na nog
    Great,now we celebrate directors who remake films and they announce it like its a truimph.....scene for scene,shot for shot,where did all this remake shit start?
  • Likecapra
    "thankfully"?! There is no way that Argento giving up those rights can be a good thing. We do not need any more remakes. I'm beginning to think that the Mayans actually predicted the death of creativity in the American film industry in 2012.
  • jah p
    No, don't do it DGG!!!If anyone was to remake this I"d rather it be Ti West, but I still don't want to see a remake of this.
  • happy camper
    what a joke. why not make your own horror movie. i bet it will be pg-13 also. Argento must of lost his mind and needs money for some reason.
  • Marcus
    The only thing that I like about this is the "unknown cast" that he Green prefers. But I will be pissed to see Suspiria, one of the greatest horror movies, re-made. I was angry about Zombie's Halloween re-makes, but after Carpenter's first two there was garbage to follow anyway. Suspiria still has its purity and I'd hate to see it go down the drain.
  • Prof. Brian O'blivion
    "Thankfully, the filmmaker released the remake rights and we heard Green might tackle the project this year." ...THANKFULLY!?! You must have lost your mind if you are looking forward to this. As per the "unknown cast" he wants, all of the terrible Platinum Dunes horror remakes usually have a cast of terrible unkown actors. There is no part of this that is a good idea.
  • Joe
    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  • glennnnn
    NOOOOOO!!! if green does remake suspiria, he better put the 1977 soundtrack in the new one or ill be pissed. not that i already am. it will be stupid like all the other remakes. ugh. ruining another great film...tisk...tisk.

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