The SUSPIRIA remake has long been in the works, with David Gordon Green formally attempting to revive the 1977 horror classic. After years of false starts, the project is now moving forward with Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino at the helm.
When Green abandoned the project, he announced that it would be moving forward with an unnamed Italian director. It appears that Guadagnino was the artist in question and the I Am Love director, who at one time was producing Green’s version, has confirmed his involvement.
While promoting his next film, A Bigger Splash, at the Venice Film Festival, Guadagnino talked about the remake being his next film, with his version being “very different” from Green’s. Regarding the icon in Italian horror cinema, the filmmaker told Empire: “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.”
He goes on to say, “[Suspiria]… was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14. I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed… through 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’s body of work includes the drama Melissa P and the Tilda Swinton-led mystery The Protagonists, but he’s best known for writing and directing Magnolia Pictures’ acclaimed drama I Am Love, which also starred Swinton. A Bigger Splash, which is getting good buzz out of Venice, stars Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson.
He’s repped by WME.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor