Back in 2012, director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) was hard at work on a controversial remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror movie Suspiria. All that, however, has changed. Empire Online just got the scoop that Green's version of the project has now been scrapped, and that a new director has come on board with his own take on the movie.
So, who’s the new director? His name is Luca Guadagnino, and he’s currently promoting his new crime drama A Bigger Splash. The director spoke to Empire about Suspiria, saying:
"The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14," the director tells Empire. "I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It’s going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. It’s going to be about finding your inner voice – the title is very evocative on these grounds."
The 1977 original movie saw Suzy (Jessica Harper) arriving in Freiburg in order to attend a renowned ballet school, only to discover that it's actually a front for a powerful coven of witches. Guadagnino says, however, that his version will be "very different" from Argento's:
"The movie by Dario Argento was maybe a child of its own times. It's very delicate; almost childish. I have a very strong interest in German literature and film, so I think [my] Suspiria will have to focus very strongly on that moment in history, in 1977, when Germany was divided and a new generation was claiming and asking to recognise the debt of guilt that forged the new Germany after the war against the fathers who wanted to deny the responsibility."
There is no news regarding locations or casting as we speak, but the director says that French actress Isabelle Huppert and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), who were previously announced, are no longer part of the project.
"That was for a version by David Gordon Green," he says. "That’s not the case for me. I can’t say anything about the casting right now. I will announce very soon."
Are you happy to learn that a Suspiria remake is still in the works, with Luca Guadagnino at the helm?