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?
I really hope this falls through. No one should touch Argento's masterpiece. It was bad enough that they did Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Suspiria's brilliant and they won't be able to do justice to it. I presume they wouldn't use the same soundtrack (Goblin), which set the movie as well. Poor Argento 🙁
Nicholas on Sep 8, 2009
The main problem I can foresee with this project is that in Americanising it, they'll try to explain, justify and apply logic. The whole reason Argento's film works so well is that it's completely incoherent and insane! Can you imagine any of Argento's off-the-wall story choices making it through the studio development process? This isn't a film structured from a screenwriting manual; it's designed to feel exactly like a nightmare. The sudden shifts from scene to scene in tone, location and look essentially make this an art movie in comparison to, say, The Final Destination or Hostel. If this has independent financing it would be to the film's benefit, I'm sure. Really, it seems all I ever type on here these days are rants against remakes. I'm getting tired of it. Please, can someone come up with an original idea for once?!
Mathieu on Sep 8, 2009
I hate people that do remakes. Unless the original movie had a good idea to start with but the movie sucked once transfered from page to screen. This hurts me specifically since this is one of my all time favorite horror movies. This isn't just a random movie, it's a work of art almost, cheesy as that sounds it's true. That what I miss the most about horror movies, no one makes them like Suspiria anymore... 🙁 #1 and #2 have great points.
Caitie on Sep 8, 2009
...erh? Really bad, bad, bad idea. American version cannot be like the original, confusing, mindbending logic, atmosphere from another dimention, the extreme usage of colors, the most bloody scenes in any horror film, ect. It's like mentioned above, a nightmare, an opium induced nightmare. This movie lingers in the back of your mind for a long time. Everyone I have shown it to, tells me weeks later that it has started to creep them out and they need a second viewing. This new version will try to explain everything, cuz americans feel dumb when they dont get it right away. Ever seen a movie where some says some like: Geek: 'I think he's suffering from hypothermia' Moron: 'Hypothermia?' Geek: 'Hypothermia is a condition in which an organism's temperature drops below that required for normal metabolism and body functions. In warm-blooded animals, core body temperature is maintained near a constant level through biologic homeostasis. However, when the body is exposed to cold, its internal mechanisms may be unable to replenish the heat that is being lost to the organism's surroundings. Hypothermia is the opposite of hyperthermia which is present in heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In short he's freezing to death' Moron: 'Oh' Everything has to be xplained in american movies. How the hell are you gunna make a remake of Suspiria aimed for the US? It's a classic, much like M, Casablanca, Shichinin no Samurai and 2001. LEAVE IT THE FUCK ALONE
David Banner on Sep 8, 2009
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