ScreenDaily is reporting that France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya have entered into two-title co-development and production deal, one of which will be a television series based on Dario Argento’s Suspiria.
“Suspiria De Profundis”, is inspired by the 19th century English writer Thomas De Quincey’s eponymous book, which was made into the classic Italian horror film Suspiria in 1977 by Dario Argento. Argento will serve as the series’ artistic supervisor, says the site. I find this odd considering Argento hasn’t made anything good in decades.
“Suspiria De Profundis” will be an English-language period horror series in which the author De Quincey is the lead character. Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century.
They’re aiming for 12 episodes that run 50-minutes each, with multiple seasons.
“The extraordinary freedom of expression and creativity that modern TV drama now offers and the interest that the public has shown towards it have encouraged me to take a stab at this new genre,” said Argento.
It should be clarified that this is a co-production deal with plans to develop the series for American audiences. While it sounds exciting, I don’t expect to see this come into fruition. That’s just my personal gut reaction…