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