David Gordon Green is ready to make another radical career shift this fall, when production finally begins on Suspiria, a remake of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's 1977 classic, considered by many – including us – to be one of the best films in the whole horror genre. Green's remake was originally announced back in 2008, when the director of Pineapple Express and The Sitter was still best known for his dramatic work on films like George Washington and All the Real Girls. Back then Natalie Portman was slated to star, but eventually she dropped out and made that other horrifying ballet movie instead.
After four years, Suspiria has been picked up by the fledgling Crime Scene Pictures, a company with two films currently in the works for 2013: Everly, an action thriller from Chillerama co-director Joe Lynch starring Kate Hudson, and Gambit, the Coen Bros.-scripted remake of the classic 1966 crime caper, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. In a statement made to Deadline, Crime Scene partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris said, "David [Gordon Green]’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film." Casting for the lead role of Suzy Bannion, originally played by Phantom of the Paradise's Jessica Harper, is expected to get underway soon.
Dario Argento's Suspiria, for those who haven't seen it, told the story of an American ballet student who travels to Germany to study at a prestigious dance academy with a mysterious past. The film has a dreamlike quality that defies conventional logic, and is filled with iconic horror moments involving a rain of maggots, a blind man eaten by his own dog, and a deadly spill into a room incongruously filled with razor wire. As memorable as the film itself is the score by Goblin, which long ago made CraveOnline's list of The 30 Most Unforgettable Film Scores Ever.
Yes, obviously we're all a little worried about yet another remake besmirching the good name of yet another classic film, but David Gordon Green is a talented, skillful director whose style has developed independently of Dario Argento's, giving us hope that, at the very least, this new Suspiria will be sufficiently distinctive from the original that it could, at least on some level, work on its own. This is the guy who directed Undertow, remember? He has some idea what he's doing, The Sitter notwithstanding.
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