Suspiria Remake Director Talks Changes

It has been a few years since there has been any real apparent movement on the upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s trippy 1970’s horror classic “Suspiria”. At that time filmmaker David Gordon Green (“Joe,” “Pineapple Express”) was attached to direct the project.

Then came word recently that filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is taking over the helm. Guadagnino popped up at the Venice Film Festival this past week to promote his current film “A Bigger Splash” and he spoke with Empire about what his take on “Suspiria” will be:

“The film by Dario Argento 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 [with Argento] through all 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.

[My version is] very different. 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.”

Isabelle Huppert and Isabelle Fuhrman were both linked to the previous Gordon Green version, but Guadagnino confirms that’s no longer the case and the new cast members will be announced soon. Locations are also currently being worked out.

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