Filmmaker Luca Guadagninohas one of the best films of 2017, Call 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 Suspiriaremake, 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 Yorkewill 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.
“Relax. Enjoy the experience…” You haven’t lived until you’ve watched this trailer! Sony has revealed one final trailer for the remake of Flatliners, about medical students who temporarily stop their hearts in order to experience the afterlife. We’ve already seen two other trailers before – the first one and another UK one – and this final one is much more intense. The cast of Flatliners includes Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. The original was directed by Joel Schumacher and was released in 1990, but hasn’t aged well over the years though it does still have a following. Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev is at the helm of this one, and seems to be giving us a more thrilling take than the original. Is anyone planning to see this? I’ll wait until the first reviews land, as I’m not sure. Thoughts? ›››
Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage remake to film next fall
It was over a year and a half ago that fan-fav director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) signed on to direct 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment’s long-gestating Fantastic Voyage remake. Now, Deadline is reporting that it will be del Toro’s next project after he completes work and promotion on his December 8 Fox Searchlight release, The Shape of Water. The original plan was to start production next spring for a holiday 2019 release, but with his Shape of Water commitments and potential award season activity, Fantastic Voyage will now restart its lengthy prep period in spring 2018 to begin production by fall 2018 at the latest, pushing the release to 2020.
Set to make use of the same 3D technology Cameron used for Avatar, Fantastic Voyage is about a scientist who is dying of a blood clot. His only chance for survival is for five scientist colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship called the Proteus, and injected into his bloodstream. The film is a remake of the 1966 original, directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence.
The project would unite del Toro with his longtime friend James Cameron, and screenwriter David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) who penned Blade II. Cameron, Jon Landau, and Rae Sanchini are producing with Goyer in line to executive produce.
A Fantastic Voyageremake has been in the depths of development hell for many years with a revolving door of potential directors (Roland Emmerich, Paul Greengrass, Shawn Levy), stars (Will Smith, Hugh Jackman) and screenwriters (Shane Salerno, Laeta Kalogridis, Marianne & Cormac Wibberley). Although not an official Fantastic Voyage remake, Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace took a page or twelve from the original Fantastic Voyage in depicting a similar miniature trip through the human body.
Dementia 13: Remake of famous Corman/Coppola shocker coming from Chiller Films
Director Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1963 shocker Dementia 13 was quickly thrown together by the young filmmaker (his first feature, outside of an earlier nudie Tonite for Sure) at the behest of producer Roger Corman, who was mentoring the young filmmaker at the time. The crew was in Ireland and finished shooting The Young Racers early and Corman pushed Coppola to whip out a Psycho-riff quick. He did. And many cite the results as one of Coppola’s best films.
Now, 54 years later, Chiller Films have announced that they will be releasing a remake of the shuddery, black and white psychodrama in theaters on October 6, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 10, 2017. This retelling is directed by Richard LeMay (The Dark Rite, Naked As We Come) and is written by Dan DeFilippo (The Invaders, Chilling Visions: 5 Sates of Fear) and Justin Smith (Siren, The Boy). The cast includes Julia Campanelli (Walking Away), Ana Isabelle (The Eye, Lost Cat Corona), Marianne Noscheze (Horror Time), Channing Pickett (Redheads Anonymous) and Christian Ryan (Celebrity Ghost Stories).
In the original Dementia 13, Luana Anders murders her husband and ventures to Ireland to his family estate where she is menaced by his disturbed family and then beheaded by a roaming axe-murderer. In this remake, a vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer and a family brimming with secrets converge in one night of terror. Dementia 13 is produced by DeFilippo and is executive produced by Smith.
Bill Condon, whose Beauty and the Beast remake has become a box office monster with a $ 1 billion-plus haul worldwide, is reportedly looking to direct the remake of Bride of Frankenstein as part of the new Universal Monsters movie universe.
Condon is in early talks with Universal to direct the remake of the 1935 monster movie classic, according to Deadline. Condon is apparently quite excited about the prospect, having said in previous interviews that Bride of Frankenstein is one of his favorite classic monster movies of all time.
Condon has made a habit of adding little nods to the Universal horror film in several of his movies, including 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, in which he admitted that “certainly the mob song with everyone with their torches, it’s straight out of Frankenstein, you know.” He spoke of the similarities of the Beast and Frankenstein’s monster:
But I think in general it’s the treatment of the monster, right? The sort of poetic, misunderstood monster that really was James Whale’s invention, you know. That’s in that film.
Other homages that Condon has made in his films include a scene in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, in which one character revives another by turning her into a monster to save her life. And then there’s his critically acclaimed 1998 film Gods and Monsters, which dramatized the final days of James Whale, the director of the original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. The title of Gods and Monsters, which starred Ian McKellan as Whale and Brendan Fraser (who in a nice tie-in to the whole Universal Monsters franchise was the star of 1999’s The Mummy), took its title from a line in Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein: “To a new age of gods and monsters!”
Universal is certainly hoping to usher in the new age of gods and monsters with its cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots, which so far include the upcoming Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy, and untitled movies revolving around the Invisible Man, Wolf Man, Van Helsing, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The original Bride of Frankenstein, which starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff, follows Dr. Frankenstein as he’s tempted by another mad scientist to create a mate for his monster from the 1931 original.
The Bride of Frankenstein remake is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan from a script by David Koepp (writer of the two Jurassic Park films), who told Collider he is giving a feminist bent to the new story:
“It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve written in years because if you reimagine the Frankenstein story, it gets into so many issues of men trying to feel dominant over women. To create someone who then says, ‘You don’t own me,’ it becomes a tale of liberation. It was great. It was really fun, and I hope it gets going soon because I think it’d make for a great movie.”
Condon has been praised for giving a feminist twist to Beauty and the Beast as well (though I don’t think he deserves so much praise for such small tweaks to an already strong female character), so he and Koepp could have similar visions for Bride of Frankenstein.
The Universal Monsters universe gets launched with The Mummy, starring Cruise and Russell Crowe, which opens on June 9, 2017.
Raza Jaffrey joins Netflix remake of the series Lost In Space
Raza Jaffrey (Code Black, Homeland) has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix remake of the 1965 cult TV series Lost In Space, according to Deadline. The series will premiere in 2018 and will revolve, as it did in the original, around the Robinson family. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Jaffrey will play Victor. “Well groomed, educated and officious, with a sense of entitlement, Victor has been a career builder and politician from a young age. There is arrogance and impatience about him. All this masks the underlying fear that he’ll one day be found out — that he isn’t quite good enough.”
The new series is being reimagined by the feature writing team of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) showrunning. The plan is for the new Lost in Space to take its cues from the original series. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, the new Lost in Space is officially described as being “a survival story for the ages.”
Created by Irwin Allen, the original Lost in Space premiered on CBS in 1965 and went on to last for three seasons and 85 episodes. The series focused on the intergalactic adventures of The Robinson family, who were originally sent into the stars aboard the Jupiter 2 for colonization, but the vessel was sabotaged by the backstabbing Dr. Zachary Smith, whose efforts to disrupt the trip resulted in the clan being stranded in the cosmos.
Zack Estrin serves as executive producer on the new Lost in Space alongside Sazama and Sharpless as well as Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim) and Applebox’s Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the series.
Raza Jaffrey is known for his work on the CBS series Code Black, NBC’s Smash and season 4 of Homeland. He’ll join Toby Stephens (Black Sails) who plays John Robinson, Molly Parker (Deadwood) who plays Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell (Down a Dark Hall) who plays Judy Robinson, Mina Sundwall (Freeheld) who plays Penny Robinson and Max Jenkins (Sense8) who plays Will Robinson. Parker Posey (Superman Returns) will also appear.
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Robert Rodriguez frontrunner to direct Escape From New York remake
Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) is now the frontrunner to direct the upcoming Escape From New Yorkremake, according to The Tracking Board. There is no finished deal yet, but Rodriguez is reportedly interested. John Carpenter, who was the director on the original 1981 film, will serve as an executive producer, and The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce.
The script for the Escape From New York remake is from Luthor creator Neil Cross. The story will follow, “Col. Robert “Snake” Plissken during an 11-hour mission to find the villainous heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation as a major hurricane approaches.”
Set in a dystopic future (1997 to be exact), the 1981 original stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an eyed-patched convict sent into a maximum security prison (formerly the island of Manhattan) to rescue the President. Carpenter directed his own sequel to the original, Escape From L.A., in 1996, although that film is decidedly less-beloved by fans of the original. Production on the remake is slated to start later this year.
Rodriguez not only directs, but has worked as a producer, writer, composer, cinematographer and film editor. He’s known for his directing work on Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids series, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Machete, the Sin City films and more. He is directing Alita: Battle Angel, which is based on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita manga. The film is set to be released on July 20, 2018, and is produced by James Cameron.
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