Will they ever learn to stop remaking things? Apparently not. I imagine you would never expect to read this on a poster: “From the director of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and YOUR HIGHNESS comes a reimagining of one of Italy’s most iconic horror films: SUSPIRIA”. While I may have made that up, the truth behind it is very real. David Gordon Green, who actually started out with independent dramas like GEORGE WASHINGTON, is set to remake Dario Argento’s seminal masterpiece, report Deadline and CriterionCast. After a long stay in development hell, Green and Crime Scene Pictures will begin production in September.
Remakes always look kind of palatable on paper, from their “unique” and “clever” updates and methods of making the story or setting contemporary to whatever new visual style whatever helmer wants to add. The execution is usually where it fails. And then there are films that have made such an impact on cinematic history, it seems rather blasphemous to even propose the project. While that may not be stopping Green, whose latest film was THE SITTER, it will be interesting to see if he can draw in a main stream audience into a remake of an art house horror masterpiece.