We’ve been talking about Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s new take on Dario Argento’s Suspiria for some time now, but it’s been a while since we’ve been provided with an update. We know that filming is complete, so what’s the status of the project? And what can we expect from it?
Speaking with Criterion, Guadagnino brought the scoop.
“I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it,” he told the site. “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.”
“It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons,” Guadagino recently 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.”
In Suspiria, “A young American ballet dancer 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.”
The cast includes Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler, Małgosia Bela, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke composed the score.
David Kajganich wrote the film, co-financed by Amazon Studios and K Period Media.