David Gordon Green has proven to be a prolific director over the past couple of years and like most prolific directors, he always seems to have a couple of projects that are always “in development”. One of these projects was a remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror film, “Suspiria”. As much as I love Green’s work this was the one film of his which I was hoping would somehow get stuck in development hell and never make it to the screen. It now looks like this has sadly not happened since we now know that the film aims to begin shooting next year. You can read some more details when you click on the jump.
David Gordon Green has been talking this one up for years now. He’s said in the past that he has the screenplay for his adaptation already written and he’s even explained why he was interested in directing the remake by saying that it was a “opportunity to take all the artistic excellence and be inspired by what was a low budget Italian ’70s gore movie – where the art world meets the violent and supernatural.” There was also a time when Natalie Portman was attached to star in the film. It’s still unclear if she is still set to star but I think it’s safe to presume that she still might be since she is currently filming Green’s next film, “Your Highness”.
I really have no idea why a remake of “Suspiria” is needed. Having said that, it especially confuses me why David Gordon Green wants to be the guy behind it. I would think that Green would be against remaking such a classic and highly regarded film that is clearly a personal film to Argento. It’s just a huge “why?” to me. I really just don’t get it. I guess that it’s cool that Green only continues to go from genre to genre but it’s still not enough to make me anticipate this one.
I can see Green giving us a very pretty looking and intense film, but it’s still not enough to get me on board. I’m also interested in seeing how Green will approach this one. Will he Gus van Sant it up and do it frame by frame? Probably (and hopefully) not. This one is still a good 2 years away or so since Variety mentions that it will begin to shoot next year and it seems that Green will still be busy with “Your Highness” for a little while longer. What kind of sucks is that I know that as opposed as I am to the film that I will still be there opening day.