Portman to Dance for Suspiria Remake

Natalie Portman to star in SuspiriaThe industry site Tracking B has confirmed a rumor going ‘round the net that the one and only Natalie Portman is set to topline David (Pineapple Express) Gordon’s remake of Suspiria.

The details are scarce, but it seems agency Creative Artists is out shopping the film around with Portman’s name on it, more than likely in the role filled by Jessica Harper in the 1977 original, that of a young dancer who attends a remote ballet school and is soon aware of some nefarious things going on behind the scenes.

How this remake will turn out is anybody’s guess, but chances are Gordon will, smartly, take a more linear approach to the story rather than try to duplicate Argento’s Technicolor nightmare. More as we learn it!

- Johnny Butane

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I'm in.

Submitted by jonny_numb on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 8:12pm.

This is just disgusting!!
If you don't respect the film....DON'T DO A RE-MAKE. Dario Argento is, in my opinion, one of the original truly fearless pioneers on the horror world. Suspiria is NOT some 70's gore flick. It is an arthouse classic. And I think this is a supreme insult to him.
It sickens me to think that the same asshole that made something as vomitous as "Pineapple Express" was even given a green light from ANYONE to re-make Suspiria.
And it just keeps getting better! Natalie Portman?! You have to be fucking kidding me. It will be a sad sad day if she actually ends up being cast.
I think it's a sad sad day regardless that the prick is being funded for this at all.
I guess he can't miss his next boat payment......

Submitted by True_Pagan on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 5:10pm.

Natalie Portman? Yawn. How about someone who's easy on the eys AND has talent?

Submitted by Kryten Syxx on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 3:06pm.
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Easy on the eyes and has talent -- that actually perfectly describes Portman. Lucas' awful prequels aside, she's given some exceptional performances. She was marvelous in CLOSER, GARDEN STATE, GOYA'S GOSTS and WHERE THE HEART IS. And let's not forget her career-making performance in LEON. Calling her talentless is sheer idiocy.

She's much more than just a pretty face, dude. She's the real deal.

This remake may be misguided, but she's still absolutely PERFECT for the role.

Submitted by Messiahman on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 7:15pm.
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Agreed. Portman is extremely good and the only actress who could fill Jessica Harper's shoes.

And that picture makes me want to go swimming. *drool*

Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 7:59pm.
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That actually sounds kinda cool...

Submitted by Johnny Butane on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 2:49pm.
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The director of an artless movie like Pinneapple Fucking Express has no business talking down to an art-house classic like Suspiria. I'll bet my life that his version turns out to be like any other over-produced Hollywood slasher bullshit complete with cheap scares and hipster girl dialogue.

Green just pissed away his one chance to save some face with the fans.

Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 2:49pm.
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I call bullshit.

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS may have been a commercial move, yet it's still one of the best productions the Apatow clan has put out to date.

That aside, Green and Tim Orr have been responsible for some of the most simultaneously visually arresting and thoughtful films of the last decade. They're possessed of both style AND substance. And they did them on miniscule budgets. Have you seen GEORGE WASHINGTON or ALL THE REAL GIRLS? Yeah, I thought not.

Honestly, who gives a fuck about pandering to fans? The guy obviously knows the kind of movie he wants to make, and he shouldn't have to follow guidelines set down by internet geeks who sit at home thinking they know better.

Submitted by Messiahman on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 7:36pm.
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Unless they've made some serious changes since the cut I saw, Pineapple Express is just a scatter-shot and safe stoner comedy, and the weakest thing with Apatow's name on it.

I know people have called Green a maverick, but PE feels like an anonymous studio comedy. I haven't seen his indie work yet, but do you really truly think he's suited for horror, especially when he is undermining the genre he's supposed to be working in?

Remember, Lawrence Kasdan made Dreamcatcher.

Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 7:57pm.
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PE is a stoner action movie, and a well-done one at that. In fact, it may be a first -- are there any other stoner action movies out there? As far as being the weakest of the Apatow offerings, you think it's weaker than DRILLBIT TAYLOR, STRANGE WILDERNESS or YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN? Maybe YOU'VE been smoking some PE, then.

Once again, Green's films are gorgeous and well-thought out. He's actually an interesting choice and seems to have the right take on it. He's not undermining the genre at all. What does "undermining the genre" even mean? Are you saying that because he referred to "torture porn geeks?" Aren't we living in a culture where the term "geek" isn't derogatory? It certainly doesn't seem that way in what he says -- he clearly states that he wants to bring in both a gore crowd as well as the arty contingent. Nothing wrong with that.

And he just cast one hell of an actress in the lead -- so far, I'm interested.

Submitted by Messiahman on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 11:51pm.

I don't mean to be argumentative, but if Green is such a genius... why is he remaking something instead of coming up with one of his own ideas? Is he that stumped? Has his well run dry? Or maybe his bank account?

Also, I could see remaking a movie if you actually LOVED the original (As was the case with John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, but why bother remaking something if you think it's nothing more than an "Italian '70s gore film"?

I believe the answer is simple, because it's a quick payday and the studios know by slapping a familiar name on the poster, it'll mean a 30 million dollar weekend... and then we're stuck with more masterworks like the remakes of Prom Night and When a Stranger Calls.

And yes, I've seen George Washington and All The Real Girls (Plus Undertow, which probably makes me one of about 300 people to have seen it.) and it still doesn't make me want him to go within 100 feet of Suspiria.

Submitted by RikGriff on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 7:54pm.
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Or maybe Green is following the Soderbergh example of doing a mix of studios AND independent pictures. Ever think of that? He's got plenty of original projects in the pipeline, but he also happens to quite like SUSPIRIA, as is evident in other sections of that Fango article. It's smart to dip your toes in both worlds. That's how you keep working and moving forward in this business. Either way, it's a much more intriguing idea than, say, getting someone like Neal Labute to do the WICKER MAN remake. At least Green has shown that he has a remarkable visual sense. Not to mention a strong desire to not be pigeonholed.

And it's not like Natalie Portman is some teeny-bopper cast to bring in the tweeners. She's an incredibly interesting actress who often takes very risky roles.

Oh, and sorry, but SUSPIRIA is not remotely a familiar name outside of niche circles.

Submitted by Messiahman on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:04am.

From the same Fangoria.com article:

"I would love to get every geek that loves torture porn and every old lady in line to see PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to come and have this insane experience.”

Really sounds like he has a lot of respect for horror fans, eh? Actually he sounds like a real wanker.

Rule one of being a good film director -- never put yourself above your audience.

Submitted by RikGriff on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 3:44pm.

Let me quote David Gordon Green about his remake of Suspiria (from Fangoria.com)

“It’s an opportunity to take all artistic excellence and be inspired by what was a low-budget Italian '70s gore movie,”

Now, my response is simple:

"David, go fuck yourself".

That low-budget Italian '70s gore movie has more artistic merit in it's little severed finger that your entire filmography, asswipe. If you don't respect the film, why remake it? Oh, right... you need to fund your latest arthouse jerk-off epic.

What's next, a touching remake of Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND directed by Wes Anderson? Everyone can talk in a quirky fashion and wear clothes two sizes too small while getting their eyeballs ripped out.


Submitted by RikGriff on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 5:13pm.

I think you misread his statement. The "Artistic Excellence" he was talking about is the artistic excellence in Suspiria.

He also doesn't need to remake Suspiria in order to fund his "next artistic jerk-off epic" the guy has garnered enough respect in the industry that he'll be funded for as long as he wants to make movies.

One reason that filmmakers that actually bring a depth and intellect to the artform do remakes (adaptations, etc) is because if you ONLY shoot your own scripts your growth can become stunted after awhile. So it's good to take something and dust off the old analytical skills every once in awhile. He probably hasn't analyzed or interpreted anything (other than his own work) since college and it can be very refreshing and growth inspiring to look at another work and discover all the minutia and intricacies of it.

But if the best you can do is tell someone to go fuck themselves then you don't get it.

Submitted by Dalton Gang on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 9:46pm.

Well jeez, at least you're not reading into it too much...

And it's nice to see you cherry-picking quotes to meet your argument. From the SAME FANGORIA ARTICLE:

"SUSPIRIA is a classic for me. I want to be scared. I want to be afraid."

WOW, would you just LOOK at all that disrespect?

Are you high? Seriously. Are you?

Submitted by G.D. on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 11:38pm.
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Heh. I'm completely in agreement with G.D. Next thing you know, there'll be world peace and a cure for cancer. ;-)

Submitted by Messiahman on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 11:42pm.

If you don't tell anyone, I won't.

Submitted by G.D. on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 9:45pm.

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