Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a bit of a polarizing film. There are many who love the film and all that it has to offer, from its rich colors to the iconic Goblin score. But then there are those who are don’t find enjoyment in the film, such as Trace. Considering next year will be its 40 year anniversary, there’s been a lot of time for people to develop their own relationship with the film and come to their own opinion.
No one has a better view of the film and the impact that it has generated than Argento himself, who recently spoke with IndieWire about the upcoming remake, which it seems he’s not all that excited about, especially since he’s apparently being left out of the loop.
I’ve been waiting for this project to come about for so many years. The copyrights were bought about seven years ago. First, they belonged to 20th Century Fox, then they were handed over to some other companies, and so on. But what’s really absurd — really unbelievable — is that I have never, ever been asked about it. I mean, I never got a call or anything, asking me about casting, locations, whatever. I know nothing about this project except what I read in the papers. I repeat: I have ever, ever been asked about it.
When asked what advice he’d give, Argento replied, “I might give some advice on the screenplay, the script, maybe the locations. When I did the film, I did a lot of research with the location scout. I heard that this remake, if it’s ever made, will be shot again in Europe. So I might be able to provide useful advice about that. But, honestly, I do think it would be better if it wasn’t remade.”
Considering the thoughts of many horror fans when it comes to remakes, it’s not surprising to see Argento feel the same way. Additionally, the ratio of good remakes to bad ones isn’t all that inspiring, so remake director Luca Guadagnino has the odds stacked against him.
Going to another film, Argento was asked about Sandman, a film which we covered back in 2014 but haven’t heard anything from since. Argento explains why there has been such a silence on the film and it seems that it’s all due to bureaucracy and politics.
Iggy Pop keeps asking, “How long do we have to wait on this film?” Honestly, it’s not my fault. This film is a co-production by many different producers in different countries. They apparently can’t agree on a number of things, including where to shoot, locations, things like that. It goes on and on. I know it’s been dragging on. Time goes by and they haven’t reached an agreement.
For those who are fans of the esteemed director’s works, he’s apparently thinking about moving on to a new project while the producers hash out their differences on Sandman. “must say that I myself have been thinking about some other projects in the meantime. I still need to work on them, think about them,” he says.