As part of my rehabilitation from pre-judging films that haven't even been made yet, I'm going to refrain from any negative commentary on this piece of news. Considering that it relates to a remake of one of my favourite horror films of all time, I think this shows how far I've come along. I think I deserve a biscuit. With chocolate in or around it.
Adam Ripp and Rob Paris of Crime Scene Pictures today announced that they will be producing the long-rumoured remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror film Suspiria, a supremely weird and creepy tale of an American dance student who travels to a school in Germany. On the night of her arrival, she witnesses a young woman fleeing the school and later finds out that she was brutally murdered within hours of her escape. Ripp and Paris join current producers and financiers Francesco Melzi d'Eril from Memo Films and Luca Guadagnino from First Sun.
Those who've seen the film will probably remember it for its bold colour palette, fantastic and disturbing soundtrack, and the good-natured creepiness of its antagonists. I personally always liked how the film was written as a mystery, even though the big secret (the school is run by witches) is given away fairly early on. It's a little flawed, but widely considered to be one of Argento's finest.
The remake will begin shooting in September, according to the press release. It will be directed by David Gordon Green, who also co-wrote the script with Chris Gebert. Green's previous directing credits include Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter. Suspiria will be his first horror film.
Here are the plot details given in the press release. It seems like they'll be staying fairly close to the story of the original, but moving it into a more modern setting. I hope this means we'll get to see Suzy live-tweeting the murders.
Scheduled to begin filming in September, SUSPIRIA is a horror film centered on Suzie, a bright and ambitious American student who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned school. After a fellow student is brutally murdered and several other cruel and strange homicides disrupt the once quiet life on campus, Suzie realizes that the academy may be a front for a more menacing organization.
Casting is already underway including for the coveted role of Suzy, the American student.
Crime Scene Pictures partners Ripp and Paris said: "We love the style and energy of the original film – and David's script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film."