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.“