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David Gordon Green’s Expensive ‘Suspiria’ Remake Probably Won’t Happen…

Out promoting Prince Avalanche, director David Gordon Green was asked by Esquire to update horror fans on the status of the long-gestured Suspiria, the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic that’s been in development hell for years.

I don’t know if it’ll ever happen” he tells the mag speaking on making something contrary to gritty modern horror. “Someone needs to do something very artful with that project. I’m just excited at the thought of making something elegant, and graphic, and classy at a point in the horror genre where everybody’s making films raw, and found-footage. I want something to contrast that,” he stated, adding that his vision isn’t what financiers/producers want, “but anybody that’s interested in horror movies has no interest in that right now. At least, not with my involvement. But maybe someone else will do it.

If someone were to back his expensive vision, Green explains that he’s ready to roll: “I’ve got the whole movie in my head. It’s ready to go, but it just costs too much. My version of it costs too much.

Being pushed further by the mag, Green defends the remake explaining that it’s respectful to the ’77 classic. ““It would be very respectful of the original film,” he explained, “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…

Something interesting to sneak into the lengthy interview is how Green has been chatting with Compliance director Craig Zobel about a potential horror project. “He just wrote a horror film I was reading, and was thinking of making,” Green revealed. “It’s pretty creepy, and really cool. So we’re bouncing ideas around with that, and a few other disturbing things we’ve been delving into. There are a lot of good movies to make.

My problem is I’m only one person,” he jokes. “That’s why it’s great that now a lot of my buddies are kind of getting into it. They’re like, ‘Okay, you go make this one, and I’ll make that one.’ It’s fun to be able to pass the torch and have something I get to watch.

  • rgold

    I actually like Greens stuff and would have seen this out of mere curiosity. His comments here make the project sound even more promising. You would think that after The Evil Dead, the studios would be quick to give this a go.

    • EvanDickson

      Yeah but EVIL DEAD was way more gory, like Green was stating. I also like Green and would have liked to have seen this version though!

      I suspect our pal BC feels otherwise!

    • divisionbell

      At first I wasn’t sure with him being the director, but I warmed up to the idea over time. I’m not disappointed. It wouldn’t take much to remake this movie and the right director could really make an incredible horror film out of this.

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  • mav07

    “I’m just excited at the thought of making something elegant, and graphic, and classy at a point in the horror genre where everybody’s making films raw, and found-footage. I want something to contrast that,”

    Zombie kind of already did that with “Lords of Salem”. Beautiful work, boring story, stupid ending

  • turtlenipple

    DGG is one of my favorite directors working today and I had very high hopes for this. He has returned to the style he started with with Prince Avalanche and when that film ended I got a warm chill of excitement through my body that he was back. George Washington is one of my top 5 fav films of all time.. So I will follow everything this man does.

  • CaptainHowdee

    Well, Suspiria is a film I hold very close to my heart. It’s definitely one of my favorite films of all time. I wouldn’t normally accept the fact that a film I love so dearly would get remade, but I would really love it if they created a Suspiria remake that followed Argento’s original concept of the movie. I mean, in the original, they actually wanted the cast to be young girls, but had to up the age of the characters to get past censors–I think it would be fuckin’ great if they remade it with Argento’s idea in mind. You know, like they would be making the movie that Argento couldn’t at the time.

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