TV series adaptations of both the Dario Argento supernatural classic “Suspiria” and Sergio Corbucci’s cult 1966 western “Django” are reportedly in development over at France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya.
Both shows would be English-language and score an initial season of twelve hour-long episodes with potential follow-up seasons.
“Django” is described as a re-imagining of the story of first film, about a coffin-dragging gunslinger’s feud with a bandit chief. That film spawned numerous sequels and homages including Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”.
“Suspiria De Profundis” will be a new adaptation of Thomas De Quincey’s novel of the same name which inspired Argento’s 1977 masterpiece. Argento himself will serve as the series’ artistic supervisor.
Whilst Argento’s film was psychadelic supernatural tale set in a remote Bavarian dance academy which turns out to be a coven, the new series will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century and will blend mystery elements with explorations of psychological fantasies of evil.
Argento says in a statement: “The extraordinary freedom of expression and creativity that modern TV drama now offers and the interest that the public has shown towards it have encouraged me to take a stab at this new genre.”
The news raises the question about what this means for the long in the works “Suspiria” remake.