Radiohead singer Thom Yorke is set to follow in the footsteps of his bandmate Jonny Greenwood, as he has agreed to compose the score for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the cult classic horror film SUSPIRIA, it was announced Wednesday.
It will be Yorke’s first time scoring a feature film, and it’s possible he was encouraged to give it a shot by Greenwood, who scored Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and is currently working on the Joaquin Phoenix movie You Were Never Really Here.
Suspiria reunites Guadagnino with his A Bigger Splash stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, and the film co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper, the latter of whom starred in Dario Argento’s original 1977 movie.
Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but he also plays keyboards, bass, and drums, and works extensively with synthesizers, sequences and programming. The press release credited Suspiria music supervisor Robin Urdang with playing a key role in securing Yorke’s involvement, which is a major coup for the film.
“Thom’s art transcends the contemporary. To have the privilege of his music and sound for Suspiria is a dream come true. The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our Suspiria will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers,” said Guadagnino. “Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”
“Thom has composed and performed some of the most iconic and transformative music in modern culture. To have him lend his talent to Suspiria is an extraordinary gift, both to us as filmmakers and to audiences, who have a remarkable, terrifying and emotionally stirring experience in store for them,” producers Marco Morabito and Brad Fischer said in a joint statement.
Frenesy Films and Mythology Entertainment produced Suspiria, while Amazon Studios co-financed the film with K Period Media and will release it theatrically in the U.S.
The story follows a young American woman named Susie Bannion as she travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company’s members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company’s revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.
Radiohead is my favorite band, so I couldn’t be more excited about this news, which was first reported by Variety. Whereas I was once merely looking forward to this reimagining of Suspiria (since the original left plenty of room for improvement), I now can’t freakin’ wait!
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief