I’m not a religious man at all. At all!! But I’ve been hoping and praying that the SUSPIRIA remake would just fade away. No such luck. According to deadline.com, David Gordon Green has been officially named the director of the SUSPIRIA remake. You probably know David Gordon Green for directing such films as 2008’s PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and 2011’s YOUR HIGHNESS and THE SITTER. Green will be working from a SUSPIRIA script he wrote with Chris Gebert. No casting news yet and the search is on for casting the lead role of Suzy, originally played by Jessica Harper.
Whether or not Green’s previous films are good or not isn’t the issue here. SUSPIRIA is one of the best horror films made. It’s arguably Argento’s masterpiece from the story itself and dialogue to the color pallette and nightmarish style in which it’s filmed. It’s a brilliant film and easily sits in my “Top Five Horror Films of All Time” list. Is an action-comedy director really the right guy to had this project over too? I admit that I don’t know much about Green’s past, so maybe he’s a closet horror fan who loves SUSPIRIA as much as I do. My fingers are crossed. For those of you not familiar with SUSPIRIA, here’s the plot crunch:
A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. Meanwhile, the young American is trying to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization.
No word on the official plot of the remake, but one of the producers is quoted as saying, “We love the style and energy of the original film – and David’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film.” Time will tell!!
What do you think of a SUSPIRIA remake? Do you think David Gordon Green is the right choice to helm it? More on this one as it becomes available.