‘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.

The post ‘Suspiria’ Remake Director Reveals New Details, Promises a ‘Personal’ Film appeared first on /Film.


/Film

Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On?

eastern promises sequel

David Cronenberg was originally going to shoot the Eastern Promises sequel towards the end of 2012. For undisclosed reasons, Focus Features pulled the plug on the film, which would’ve brought back Viggo MortensenVincent Cassel, and other actors from the excellent 2007 crime movie. Now, new details suggest the sequel might happen after all.

Below, learn more about the Eastern Promises sequel.

Cronenberg thought the sequel was done for a few years ago, but a casting site, My Entertainment World (via Omega Underground), claims it has a March start date. The sequel is currently titled Body Cross, and it is written by the original film’s screenwriter, Steven Knight, known for Peaky BlindersLockeTabooAllied, and other quality dramas.

My Entertainment World provides this plot synopsis, which is the same as the one we got a few years ago:

Picking up where the 2007 film left off with the incompetent underboss Kirill thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.

That’s all the info there is on the casting site. There’s no mention of Cronenberg, Mortensen, or anybody else who worked on the original film. In 2012, Cronenberg told Indiewire he was no longer involved and explained why he wanted to make the sequel:

It was something I really wanted to explore because it was the first time I had ever been tempted to do a sequel because I felt I wasn’t finished with the character of Nikolai, played by Viggo Mortensen, and Kirill played by Vincent Cassel. I really wanted to see Nikolai go back to Russia, because one of the things I wanted in the first movie was that you see a bunch of Russians in London but you never see them in Russia. In other words, you experience their exile and they are trying to recreate some of Russia within London. In the original screenplay, there were some scenes in Russia and I thought it was better if we don’t see that – they long for Russia but we never see that.

The sequel fell apart due to budget disputes. The director said the “lovely script” was very ambitious, but he couldn’t do it properly with the budget Focus had in mind. In 2014, Indiewire asked Knight, if the sequel was revitalized, whether Cronenberg would still make it. The Locke and Hummingbird director said he didn’t know, and then gave a vague response when asked if he’d consider directing it. Cronenberg doesn’t have any projects happening in the immediate future that we know of, but we’ll likely know soon whether Cronenberg is involved and if the sequel is moving forward again.

The post Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On? appeared first on /Film.


/Film