Guadagnino Talks “Suspiria” Remake Ambition

With many potential competitors falling by the wayside, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” is continuing to cement its place as a serious end of year awards candidate. With such goodwill being generated, it may come in handy due to his next project – the “Suspiria” remake.

Shot earlier this year, the new take of Dario Argento’s utterly iconic original 1970s Italian film has people curious and concerned. Guadagnino is not an obvious choice for the material, but his superb ability to stylishly paint sensory portraits with his scenes makes him a fascinating one. In a new interview with Criterion, the helmer says he’s still got a few more months of post-production work to complete before the film is done:

“I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying ‘Oh, it’s ridiculous!’ when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8½, so I don’t know if I’m going to be served the same dish.

I can say that my Suspiria is a very personal film; it’s like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film.”

Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Tilda Swinton star in this new take on the story of a dancer who discovers her prestigious European dance academy is a home to a coven of witches. Swinton has previously said it’s impossible to remake the original and so what they’ve made is a “completely different movie” thats just inspired by the same story.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be handling the score for the new take which hasn’t yet released a trailer or official still at this point. “Suspiria” is expected to be released sometime in 2018.