David Gordon Green's SUSPIRIA Remake (Finally) Gets The Go Ahead From Argento.

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David Gordon Green's SUSPIRIA Remake (Finally) Gets The Go Ahead From Argento.
Word of David Gordon Green's proposed remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria first began to make the rounds quite a while ago and at the time it appeared things would be moving ahead quickly. Not so much. Holding up the project was the success of Pineapple Express - which led to a flurry of interest in Green from the major studios - and Argento himself, who held rights to the original. Both issues are now resolved.

Producer Marco Morabito has confirmed via Italian website Bad Taste that the project is moving ahead with Green at the helm following nine months of discussions with, Argento who finally released the rights because he is "convinced that his movie is a masterpiece and can't be overshadowed."

Argento believes this about virtually everything he's ever done - including, no doubt, the coffee he brewed this morning - but in this case he is probably actually correct. Honestly, though, Green is such a distinctive film maker himself that I sincerely doubt his goal is to "overshadow" Argento in any way but rather to create his own distinct riff on the piece.
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ZOMBOID79July 14, 2010 3:15 PM

I can hardly wait for the shaky cam

ChevalierAguilaJuly 14, 2010 3:25 PM

Don't forget the low soundtrack, with violing strings screaming in the "shocking" moments. Also, 30 something actors playing teenagers and a PG 13 rating.

Greg ChristieJuly 14, 2010 3:45 PM

No love for Green here? I think there's major potential here. Green almost always uses Tim Orr who's never relied on shaky cam. Hell, he's probably one of the best DPs in film today. I still think all of these remakes are unnecessarily and I rather see David make an original film with a similar premise, I think there's promise in this project.

YTFilmsJuly 14, 2010 4:13 PM

David Gordon Green is possibly one of the worst choices to remake a film with so much style, and, I have to agree with Argento that this movie is a masterpiece and will not be outdone.
Remakes are okay when you can better on the original, because the execution wasn't originally there (case in point, "The Thing"). I feel that's not the case with Suspiria.

RonJuly 14, 2010 4:48 PM

these comments strike me as a little odd. first off, as mentioned by indiemaker, green doesnt use shaky-cam, do the first two commenters even know who he is? secondly, remaking suspiria doesnt seem like too terrible of an idea when you consider that you could take the basic framework in an infinite number of directions and that green is a filmmaker with a strong vision of his own. the original is narratively totally muddled and exists as a masterpiece because of its amazing combination of cinematography, color, and sound. i for one am cautiously optimistic...

Kurt HalfyardJuly 14, 2010 7:28 PM

I concur that Tim Orr is indeed the man, he shoots very, very fine pictures, and favours a very smooth camera. I'm certainly intrigued about this remake, even as I adore the original.

heimpJuly 14, 2010 8:11 PM

Hopefully this project will fall into a room full of razor wire and die...

WarwickJuly 15, 2010 12:15 AM

Bad idea. Fortunately I can just forget it ever happened after a year, and pretend only the original exists.

Ard VijnJuly 15, 2010 5:33 AM

I love the upper tagline on the poster used for this article.
It always makes me giggle when I see it, as it basically says "This film ends with an anti-climax"!
Or even worse: "The ending of this movie does not compare favorably to the rest of it".

thirsty&miserableJuly 15, 2010 5:50 AM

It's sacrosanct for me. As are the current US remakes of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and MARTYRS. However DAWN OF THE DEAD, was even more so for me, and DAWN '04 turned out to be a very solid reimagining that I found respectful, shocking, well paced, well acted, well written (thanks to James Gunn), nicely scored and even found it's moment of poignancy in Matt Frewer's death: "you... want... every... single...second." So, who knows with Suspiria. Suspiria has already had a good little homage movie in Lucky Mckee's THE WOODS, and it appears that Aronofsky's upcoming BLACK SWAN may be a bit of a homage as well. Regardless of the outcome ot this remake, AND the gripes of the orignal's detractors, the fact remains: despite it's dubious logic, poor script and acting, SUSPIRIA remains the greatest audio/visual horror experience every made, pushing it pushing it squarley into the realm of Art Cinema. Another example of visual and audio style winning over more conventional cinematic criteria THE SHINING. Kubrik's film is an uncoventional film that dwells more in the realm of art cinema too, but plays second fiddle to Argento's masterwork.

thirsty&miserableJuly 15, 2010 6:20 AM

While on the subject of personally sacrosact remakes: next year's THE THING and A L I E N. ALIEN has already had it's name well and truly besmirched with the second two sequels and the execrable AVP "movies", it can't fall any further. But the return of Ridley (and his desire to bring Giger back on board) bring a shining hope, that may result in crushing disappointment.

THE THING is more "precious" to me, as it's an SF/horror masterwork that has not yet been sullied. Nothing's known about it yet, but at least the casting seems to be mature and appropriate. My main worries are a poor script and worst of all... THE DREADED CGI. They have to follow GDT's method of using practical FX with just a little CG enhancement.

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonJuly 15, 2010 1:14 PM

I just want to state the obvious: A large number of the GREAT horror films have been made by directors who aren't mired in the genre. That said, I doubt this will be the case with Green's SUSPIRIA redux.

I have hope for the US LET THE RIGHT ONE IN take with LET ME IN. Great casting. The one thing that struck me as odd was how close some of the shots seemed to be to the original.

The DAWN OF THE DEAD remake was a lost op. Too many characters, the wrong character was pregnant (it should have been Sara Polley, and the awful inter-racial couple could have been completely jettisoned) and the timeline in the film was uber janky (losing the chance to really illustrate just how cooped up these people actually were)

kafkasmonkeyJuly 16, 2010 7:41 AM

no, no, no, no, no [big deep breath] no, no, no, no...

neoBluJuly 16, 2010 10:57 AM

Very interested to see how much of the original "What-the?" narrative remains in the remake. Much love for Uncle Dario's classic although I can name a few females that didn't share the love, quite litterally, after a romantic evening of good food, fine wine and young girls in white nighties being stabbed through the heart! That said the first date movie I watched with my wife was the Witchfinder General? Hmm?