'Suspiria' Remake Dead But David Gordon Green Still Thinking Horror
Director David Gordon Green just saw his Sundance selected film Prince Avalanche (which has a purposeful Super Mario Bros. influence) hit limited theaters and VOD. The film is an interesting blend of his recent affairs with mainstream comedies like Pineapple Express, especially with the presence of Paul Rudd, and also his lower profile, higher quality indie films like All the Real Girls and George Washington. However, many fans have been waiting to see what he would do with his remake of of Dario Argento's 1977 horror film Suspiria. Isabelle Fuhrman was cast in the lead role, but it sounds like that project is dead.
"Someone needs to do something very artful with that project. I'm just excited at the thought of making something elegant, and graphic, and classy at a point in the horror genre where everybody's making films raw, and found-footage. I want something to contrast that, but anybody that's interested in horror movies has no interest in that right now. At least, not with my involvement. But maybe someone else will do it.
I've got the whole movie in my head. It's ready to go, but it just costs too much. My version of it costs too much. It would be very respectful of the original film. It's like the restaging of an opera. It's not there to take away from what exists, but to be inspired by what it is, and make something that is its own unique experience, just like 'Prince Avalanche.' Very unique but very respectful."
As he continues to talk about what will make the remake work, he ventures into his interest in remakes rather than a distaste of them. He even says that he would like to see a remake of one of his films:
"It's no different than taking a book that people like and making a movie version of it. It's adapting something that exists. Is it the most original thing in the world to do? No. It gives you a framework of inspiration. So if you're excited about it, I'd like to see someone else's version of remaking "Prince Avalanche" [itself a remake of an Icelandic film]. I think it would be amazing to see a Korean version of 'Prince Avalanche' as a serial-killer movie."
However, it sounds like Green has something in the works that will still take him to the horror drama. The director revealed that director Craig Zobel, behind another Sundance selected film called Compliance, wrote a horror film that Green was interested in making. Green says, "It's pretty creepy, and really cool. So we're bouncing ideas around with that, and a few other disturbing things we've been delving into."
However, it sounds like it's not a firm commitment as Green says, "There are a lot of good movies to make. My problem is I'm only one person. That's why it's great that now a lot of my buddies are kind of getting into it. They're like, 'Okay, you go make this one, and I'll make that one.' It's fun to be able to pass the torch and have something I get to watch." Either way, we look forward to whatever Green has in store. Thoughts?