We don’t know about you, but we here at Dread Central are not inherently against remakes. Some of the most classic horror films have been remakes themselves, such as The Blob, The Thing, and The Fly to name a few.
It is with this in mind we are looking forward to director Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s utter classic Suspiria. Even if only for morbid curiosity.
And speaking of the remake, the film’s director would kindly like everyone to stop referring to it as such.
“It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons,” Guadagino told Allocine. “Its semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word ‘remake’ gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we tried to do.”
On top of that, the director recently spoke with Criterion and gave a general update on when we can expect to see the upcoming rema– sorry, upcoming film.
“I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it,” he told Criterion. “I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying ‘Oh, it’s ridiculous!’ when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8½, so I don’t know if I’m going to be served the same dish. But I can say that my Suspiria is a very personal film; it’s like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film.”
Suspiria is written by David Kajganich, who adapts the “remake” from Argento and Daria Nicolodi’s original script and directed by Luca Guadagnino.
Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films, and Memo Films produce. Guadagnino, Brad Fischer, Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak, and Silvia Venturini Fendi are producers on the title while James Vanderbilt, Paul Deason, Massimiliano Violante, and Carlo Antonelli exec produce.
Amazon Studios picked up the project last year for worldwide distribution rights and is financing production.
Suspiria is based on a young American ballet dancer who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is something far more sinister and supernatural. She becomes increasingly terrified after a series of gruesome murders ensue and she slowly unravels the dark history of the academy.