Superbad director David Gordon Green is looking to direct his remake of Dario Argento's classic horror thriller Suspiria. He want's this to be his next film project. The last we heard on this was that Argento gave up the rights to the movie to let Green make it because he was "convinced that his movie is a masterpiece and can't be overshadowed." It's definitely a hard challenge to take on. The original film was just so insane. I don't think there's any way it will overshadow Argento's vision. I'll be shocked if it does. Here’s what Green had to say about the film in a recent interview:
I’m hopefully going to get into a horror film, [‘Suspiria’] next. That’s the goal,
This is after he’s done directing the pilot episode to Black Jack next month. He then goes on to say,
It’s an idea that came to me three years ago. That was an enlightening process. [Our ‘Suspiria’] doesn’t follow the trend of the traditional horror movies of late, so it’s a leap of faith, financially. It’s actually very faithful. I’m gonna put my spin on it, but in terms of a pitch, it’s going to remain quite faithful to [the original].
I just don’t see the point in remaking this film. I think Green is a great director, but I’m still not sure why he wants to make it. The original movie didn’t follow the traditional horror movies of the time either, so it’s not like anything new is being done here. At one point Natalie Portman was attached to the project, but that is no longer the case.
I want an unknown cast, and I think she’s a little too old for it. My version isn’t necessarily about ballet, it’s more of an all-girls boarding school, so I think she’s probably too old to pass for a high school-er. I don’t think it will have names, but hopefully it will be at a studio. Because I definitely enjoy having a movie that gets marketed that people go to see... But there’s no greater passport. ‘Suspiria’ is a great reason to move to Germany, hang out there for awhile, discover some new European cast members, find something scary.
The film follows a young American dancer who travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. The young girl begins to hear strange noises, and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization.
Green’s next film is Your Highness, which looks hilarious. It’s hard to be 100% on board with this Suspiria remake, but I also can’t help but be interested to see what Green wants to do with it. What do you all think?