‘Suspiria’ Remake Director Reveals New Details, Promises a ‘Personal’ Film

Suspiria remake

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has one of the best films of 2017Call Me By Your Name, hitting theaters very soon, but he’s already looking toward the future. In a new interview, Guadagnino revealed new details on his elusive Suspiria remake, starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Tilda Swinton.

Suspiria is an immortal horror classic – a stylish, dreamy tale of terror from legendary giallo filmmaker Dario Argento. The thought of a Suspiria remake understandably causes skepticism in the minds of fans, but at least the remake is in good hands. Those hands belong to Guadagnino, the filmmaker behind sun-dappled dramas like A Bigger Splash and the upcoming Call Me By Your Name. Guadagnino may not be the obvious choice for a Suspiria remake, but he’s a filmmaker who understands how to exploit style to its fullest effect, and that’s exactly what a new take on Suspiria needs.

We’ve had only a smattering of details revealed about Guadagnino’s remake. We know the cast: Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Tilda Swinton and original Suspiria star Jessica Harper. We know that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be handling the score, which is a mighty big task to take on considering the original film’s score by Goblin is heralded as one of the best horror movie soundtracks of all time. We also know, per an Allocine interview with Tilda Swinton (via Film School Rejects), that the film is going to be “completely different” than Argento’s:

“It’s impossible to remake [Dario Argento’s] film. But if I accepted, it’s because it will be a completely different movie! It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons. 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 try to do.”

The original film focused on a dancer (Harper) who discovers her prestigious European dance academy is a home to witches. If Swinton is saying the new film is “completely different,” however, that suggests the remake doesn’t follow this same plot line. Now, Guadagnino himself has revealed even more details about the remake in an interview with Criterion. Guadagnino reveals the film isn’t quite finished yet, but that he’s immensely proud of how it’s turning out:

“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. But 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.”

Hopefully we’ll be getting a trailer for Guadagnino’s reimagining soon, as I’m personally dying to see what this film looks like. I really believe Guadagnino’s hypnotic style is going to pair masterfully with a horror movie.

Suspiria is expected to open sometime in 2018. Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name opens November 24, 2017.

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Reader question: How may I approach a favorite screenwriter (since I’ve got their personal email)?

Tread carefully, my friend. Tread carefully.

Question from Josh:

I’ve recently been able to get a hold of the personal email address of one of my favorite screenwriters. I have no intention of trying to sell him an idea or get him to read my script — I just want to buy the guy a beer or a cup of coffee and chat. How would you suggest I approach this?

It helps if you can attach a bottle of virtual scotch to your email, preferably this:

Lagavulin 12 yo 56.4% 2008 by la maison du whisky, art the bottle inside out.

Short of redefining the laws of physics by pulling that off, here is more reasonable advice:

  • Write something short. This is not the time to post an autobiography. Rather offer your name, explain why you’re emailing, tell them you’re a fan, state your request, say thanks, fade out, the end.
  • Write something non-threatening. I would imagine that for most stalkers, screenwriters don’t rate high enough to make it on their list of potential victims, but at least in the world of cinema, try telling screenwriters David Kahane and Joe Gillis they’re safe (20 bonus points for anyone who gets both of those references). I think the phrase you’ll want to insert is, “I just wanted to see if I could possibly ask you a few questions about the craft.” That way the writer knows you have put a limit on your own expectations. By the way, suggesting coffee or a beer in an introductory email could be taken as, if not threatening, at least too assertive. I’d hold off on that level of potential connection until you’ve swapped several emails.
  • Write something laudatory. Here’s what you have going for you: Unlike actors and directors, who gets heaps of press coverage and attention, screenwriters — by and large — live rather anonymous, and some would say, disrespected lives. So if you say something like “I wanted to let you know how much I admire your work,” that’s probably a “you had me at hello” moment right there.


If you do have a writer’s personal email address, that could be disquieting to them. Like seriously so. You will almost assuredly have to explain how you got that information. This could be problematic depending upon who you got the email from, so be aware you could be messing with other peoples’ friendships.

But on the whole, most screenwriters I know are interesting and interested people; that is they know a lot and are innately curious. Plus writing is a lonely gig. And bottom line, we’re always looking for an excuse — any excuse — not to work. So write something short, non-threatening, and laudatory, and see how that plays out.

GITS readers, have any of you reached out to industry professionals you didn’t know to ask a few questions? How did you approach contacting them? Any further / better advice for Josh?

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