There’s no denying Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a masterpiece of giallo horror. The vibrant use of color, the mystery surrounding the dance school and the off-kilter soundtrack are all but a few of the films many strengths. As with all things great in the world, Hollywood decided to step in and produce a remake of Suspiria, with David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington) at the helm. Despite being hailed as an up-and-coming indie auteur with elements of both Terrence Malick and Jim Jarmusch in his work, Green diverted his career into a mainstream comedy direction, and in that regards, it’s easy to see how genre fans can be skeptical. Not to mention, the movie has been stuck in development hell for years, as the tone and the script have been worked on meticulously via ghost writers and a revolving door of potential helmers.
At one point, Natalie Portman was a candidate for the lead role, but opted out for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Janet McTeer (The Walking Dead) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) were attached to star, with Antje Traue (Man of Steel) and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) rumored for supporting roles through various stages of development. However, one month before cameras were scheduled to roll, the Suspiria remake seemingly came to a halt and all development grew silent.
In an interview with Esquire Magazine for his most recent effort, Prince Avalanche, David Gordon Green gave an update on the remake. He stated, “I don’t know if it will ever happen…I’ve got the whole movie in my head. It’s ready to go, but it just costs too much.” Rest assured, if the project does ever get off the ground, David Gordon Green promises to be faithful to the source material. He states in the interview, “It would be very respectful of the original film. It’s like the restaging of an opera. It’s not there to take away from what exists, but to be inspired by what it is, and make something that is its own unique experience.”
Despite Green’s bleak outlook and the remake seemingly “dead in the water”, Green has managed to acquire the rights to use the Goblins iconic score, for what it’s worth. For more on David Gordon Green and further developments on the Suspiria remake, be sure to stay tuned to DiaboliqueMagazine.com! Don’t forget to pick up Diabolique #17, available now for iPad/iPhone at the App Store, and will be on shelves and for other digital platforms VERY soon!
– By Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881