While filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be nabbing more accolades in coming months for his romantic drama “Call Me By Your Name,” the director has already shot his immediate next project and is still tweaking it in post-production.
That project? The remake of Dario Argento’s iconic horror classic “Suspiria”. Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper star while Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke provides the score.
Beyond that, it remains under tight wraps. Speaking with Allocine (via The Playlist) this week, Swinton explained her decision to star in the film and says that Guadagnino has come up with a fresh take on the material:
“It’s another version, not a remake. It’s important to say it because we are ardent admirers of the film of Dario Argento, and it is impossible to [remake] this film. I accepted [it] because it will be a completely different movie! It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions.
It’s semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word ‘remake’ gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what [we’re trying to do].
It’s going to sound a bit grandiloquent, but it’s like when Francis Bacon [painted] ‘Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.’ This is not a remake of Velazquez. It’s the biggest compliment, because it’s like saying to the original: ‘You inspired us with these ideas, not because you failed, but because it was strong enough [that we can take it away] and work in a different space.'”
So essentially it’s not a remake so much as a reimagining inspired by the original and one that will likely be very different to the Argento classic. The film is targeting a release sometime in 2018.