One of the more disappointing projects that seems to have fallen into development hell in recent years has been David Gordon Green’s remake of Dario Argento’s iconic horror masterpiece “Suspiria.”
Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Fuhrman, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist and Antje Traue were all slated to star in the film which had financing in place, but ran afoul of legal issues and ultimately didn’t get made.
In a new interview with Crave, Green says his vision for the project clashed with what studio culture was looking for:
“[It] would have been the s**t… I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera… I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets.
I wanted it to be a horror film. And a horror movie, at the time when we were modeling that movie, meant you’re making ‘Saw’ and ‘Paranormal [Activity].’ You were making these down and dirty, very gory, very economical movies/ So the economic model for a horror movie was not where I wanted it to be to make a $20 million elegant movie from a guy who was an unproven horror director, you know?”
The good news though is that the remake is still going forward, but with someone else at the helm: “I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening… with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week.” This would be on top of the reported TV show in the works based on the property.