The big thing right now is turning iconic horror movies into hit TV shows, with series’ like Bates Motel, Hannibal and From Dusk Till Dawn leading that particular pack. And the small screen remakes continue, as a fan-favorite Italian flick is the next to make the leap.
Screen Daily reports today that French drama producer Atlantique Productions and Italian outfit Cattleya have secured a co-development and co-production agreement to turn Dario Argento’s Suspiria into a TV series. Argento will serve as the artistic supervisor for the series, titled Suspiria De Profundis.
Inspired by the 19th century English writer Thomas De Quincey’s eponymous book, Suspiria De Profundis will be an English-language period horror series in which the author De Quincey is the lead character. Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries.
The series will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century, and the plan is for there to be multiple seasons, with each comprised of twelve 50-minute episodes.
Dario Argento turned De Quincey’s book into the film Suspiria back in 1977, which was set in a ballet academy and centered on a coven of witches. Though derived from the same source material, it sounds like the TV series will be quite different from Argento’s memorable vision.
“The extraordinary freedom of expression and creativity that modern TV drama now offers and the interest that the public has shown towards it have encouraged me to take a stab at this new genre,” said Argento.