Released in 1977, Dario Argento’s Suspiria is the rare horror film that is a wholly unique experience from start to finish. Full of bright colors, gruesome violence and equipped with a score that’s as good as the movie itself, Suspiria is beyond compare, and it’s one movie that is seemingly impossible to remake.
It was, however, announced back in 2008 that Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green was going to remake Argento’s Italian horror classic for American audiences, and this week the director finally opens up about his vision. The new information comes courtesy of a Crave Online interview.
“That would have been the shit,” Green says about the project, which failed to get off the ground. “I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera, basically of [Suspiria]. I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets. Isabelle Huppert was going to be in it, [and] Janet McTeer. We had an amazing cast of elegance and prestige that we were engineering for it.”
“But, at the heart of it,” Green continues, “I wanted it to be a horror film. And a horror movie, at the time when we were modeling that movie, meant you’re making Saw and Paranormal [Activity]. You were making these down and dirty, very gory, very economical movies. So the economic model for a horror movie was not where I wanted it to be to make a $20 million elegant movie from a guy who was an unproven horror director, you know?”
But what about now? Does Gordon Green think there’s a chance his Suspiria remake could get off the ground now that the so-called “torture porn” (oh how I hate that term) trend has fallen by the wayside? The most interesting revelation in the interview is that yes, a new iteration of the project is in the works.
“I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening,” Green told Crave Online podcast hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold, “with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week.”
Last we heard, Suspiria was being turned into a TV series, so who knows whether or not that project is still in the works. It would seem that it’s not, if a feature film remake is moving forward. Alas, your guess is as good as ours, at this moment in time.