David Gordon Green has officially bowed out of the much discussed Suspiria remake and a new director is at the helm. According to Empire Online, Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) will be taking over directorial duties on the reimagining.
“The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14,” he told the outlet. “I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It’s going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. It’s going to be about finding your inner voice – the title is very evocative on these grounds.”
Guadagnino went on to say that his version will be “very different. The movie by Dario Argento was maybe a child of its own times. It’s very delicate; almost childish. I have a very strong interest in German literature and film, so I think [my] Suspiria will have to focus very strongly on that moment in history, in 1977, when Germany was divided and a new generation was claiming and asking to recognise the debt of guilt that forged the new Germany after the war against the fathers who wanted to deny the responsibility.”
Casting is still up in the air at this point and when the film will begin lensing is still unknown but the director did say that Isabelle Huppert and Isabelle Fuhrman are no longer attached. Stay tuned to the site in the coming months for more on this as it breaks. I’ve come to think of this as a project that will never get off the ground and I would be OK with that. But I’ve been surprised before. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
Suspiria follows a young girl who sets out to attend a European dance academy but quickly discovers that the institution is brimming with sinister goings on just beneath the surface.