Director David Gordon Green has been trying to get a remake of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria off the ground for several years now. But in the last year or so he’s finally seen quite a bit of movement on the project. Back last March he was hopeful that he would be able to make it his next job, and as recently as December he was saying that things were looking good. He had a script turned in, a budget was being calculated, and he just needed to find the funding in order to go ahead with filming.
Finally that day has come, because Crime Scene Pictures has sent out a press release announcing that their next project is David Gordon Green’s Suspiria. According to the release, Green adapted Argento’s film into a new screenplay alongside Chris Gebert, casting is currently ongoing, and shooting on the film is scheduled to start in September. Producers Adam Ripp and Rob Paris said of the project, “We love the style and energy of the original film — and David’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film.”
Normally when a new remake gets announced, especially a remake of a film that has a fan base as rabid as fans of classic horror, the question gets asked whether or not doing a new version of the film is really necessary. Here the point seems to be moot though. Green started his career making really experimental, visually interesting indie films like All the Real Girls and Snow Angels, and recently he’s been making easy, boring comedies like Your Highness and The Sitter. Getting this director back behind the camera to make something he’s excited about should be seen as a positive, no matter what the project is. Last year Green was quoted as saying, “I hope I get to make it. I hope somebody takes those risks. I feel like I’m closer every day to having people embrace the script and the story I’m trying to do and the technique I want to execute it in. I hope so.”
Hope, that’s a loaded word in today’s world. What should we be hoping for from a Suspiria remake? Primarily, it should be that Green’s newfound enthusiasm translates into an end of the laziness that has permeated his comedy work and a return to the exciting, experimental filmmaking of his early career. Help us horror movie remake, you’re our only hope. [via THR]