It’s been about three years since David Gordon Green announced he was remaking the horror classic Suspiria. Geez, don’t you think it’s about time for an update? D-Double-G does, and he gave it to The Playlist in a recent interview. Green was an off-kilter choice to remake what many consider to be Dario Argento’s greatest film back when he was making complex dramas like George Washington and Undertow, but since 2008 he’s reinvented himself as a director of comedy with Pineapple Express and next week’s stoner fantasy Your Highness, so now it seems even weirder. Here’s what he had to say on his adaptation of Argento’s dreamlike horror fable about a German ballet school plagued by an all-powerful witch:
When It’s Going into Production: "I’m hopefully going to get into a horror film, [Suspiria] next. That’s the goal."
Hmm… We don’t like that they had to put the title in brackets, but the rest of his comments are specific to a remake of Suspiria so we’ll let it slide. Glad to hear it’s finally on the fast-track. Normally we’d have trouble saying that about a remake of a classic film, but it’s David Gordon Green so we’re cautiously optimistic this time.
On the Faithfulness of the Adaptation: "It’s actually very faithful. I’m gonna put my spin on it, but in terms of a pitch, it’s going to remain quite faithful [to the original]."
On the Previously Reported Casting of Natalie Portman: "We’ve been talking about it, then she decided to do Black Swan. […] I want an unknown cast, and I think she’s a little too old for it. My version isn’t necessarily about ballet, it’s more of an all-girls boarding school, so I think she’s probably too old to pass for a high school-er."
After Black Swan the similarities between the two films would probably be distracting, so we support this decision. In regards to the shift in focus from ballet, the ballet was always a little incidental in the original. It added to the unusual atmosphere of the film and informed the relationships between the young actresses, but it could lift out fairly easily provided it’s replaced with something else for the protagonist to occupy their time with.
We encourage you to read the full article at The Playlist for the rest of the interview.
Crave Online will return with more Suspiria news as it falls into our inexplicable pit of razor wire.