It was way back in the Spring of 2008 that we first reported that David Gordon Green might be directing a remake of the Argento classic Suspiria. Now, according to The Playlist, it looks like it’s the next thing on his plate.
It’s also a very full plate.
Your Highness comes out soon, The Sitter comes out a little later, and he’s got several television projects on the horizon, but the Pineapple Express helmer wants to move into the world of horror, and there’s no more interesting way to do that than with this remake. Fortunately, the director has said that he’s going to stay faithful to the original, despite not focusing completely on ballet. Plus, Natalie Portman, who was once attached (but who also reportedly didn’t build the sets for Black Swan or do her own make-up!), is now off the project. Green will look to younger unknowns to fill his girls academy.
It’s good to see Portman unattached, because she’s not a high school-aged actress and because she’s already got her ballet-based horror film under her tutu. However, this whole project is a big bittersweet pill. Green is talented and unique, and it’s unclear how he keeps working within the rigid studio world. But Suspiria? Shouldn’t it be left alone?