It’s been a little quiet lately where the remake of Dario Argento’s iconic Suspiria is concerned. Now, though, we’re getting word that the remake definitely, definitely, definitely isn’t a remake. That's the latest from director Luca Guadagnino, at least.
Speaking to Criterion, Guadagnino explained, “I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it. 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 8 1/2, 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.”
As he explained to Allocine, “It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons. It’s 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.”
For those unfamiliar with this all-time classic, the synopsis for Suspiria reads:
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.
This new take on Suspiria has a cast headed up by Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz and Tilda Swinton, with original star Jessica Harper also involved. Elsewhere, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has proved the score for the film.
At this stage, Suspiria has yet to be booked in for a set release date, but expect more on all of this as we get it.