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Suspria remake gains Argento's blessing?

Suspiria_Poster.jpgWe had thought that the remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria, you know the one that has been going on since 2005, was finally dead. However it seems that it now has a great chance at being made since Argento has given the necessary rights for the remake to happen, although it's not because of the remake or the director. His reasons are very different.

It's been a bumpy ride for the film which now looks like it might happen. Here's a rundown of some of the stories over the years and just what Argento is really saying about the remake.

The remake of Suspiria seems to have been ongoing since 2005, but it was back in March 2006 that I first heard about it when the news was that it had died. The reason? Well that was the funny part:

the planned production-line remake of Dario Argento's 70's classic 'Suspiria' is falling apart at the script level. Why? Because they feel the automatic need to have a plot which makes logical sense - they can't find a way to explain why it's a Dance Academy that's used by witches...

Dario Argento's films don't often follow logic, and they are often described as using drifting and disjointed logic as a tool and to reflect how your own nightmares might evolve. So it was no real surprise when they announced that the remake was struggling because they couldn't get a script that made sense.

May 2007 and we hear that it's back on, or rather the production company are talking about what they are going to do with the production, and it's as bizarre as the logic of the script:

"Suspiria has a unique style that we want to reinvent for today's generation...We intend to create a concept that will encompass cinema, videogames, fashion and music and that revives the original for those who did not experience it.

What? Are they suggesting that videogames, fashion and music will be in the film or that the film will move into these realms? Another huge feat to try and build a crossover project like that, never mind the script problems.

March 2008 and writers and directors are being talked about, and David Gordon Green looks like the man set to take charge. He actually talked about the film and what he hoped for it.

"It doesn't make a lick of sense…But it's wicked. I love it, plot holes and everything...Suspiria is a classic for me…I want to be scared. I want to be afraid...

...[I want to]…get every geek that loves torture porn and every old lady in line to see 'Phantom of the Opera' to come and have this insane experience...

...It's an opportunity to take all artistic excellence and be inspired by what was a low budget Italian 70's gore movie…Where the art world meets the violent and supernatural..."

Those were back in the days when the media and internet were bleating on about torture porn like it was something new, vacuous and dangerous, a term I just hated. Anyway, it did sound as though Green had a good sense of what he wanted and what direction the film should take. From here it started sounding interesting.
http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/2008/08/portman_to_lead_suspiria_remak.html - Portman to lead Suspiria remake?
August 2008 saw the strange rumour that Natalie Portman might be playing the lead, and it's fair to say that at that stage it was just a rumour, nothing more heard and it seemed like it was nonsense.

An update in September of 2009 told us the project was still alive, and once again silence, until now.

Now news comes through the Italian site BadTaste and Total Film that the production is still moving forward and Green is still directing despite the success of Pineapple Express. I say that because it seems that caused the production some problems, he was signed up before it garnered Green a strong reputation and was being offered films right left and centre, but producer Marco Morabito insists he's still on.

The big news is though that the major hold-up of Dario Argento not allowing the rights to be released to the production to make the film has been cleared up, for Argento has allowed the film to go ahead. However it's for no other reason than he believes his version cannot be made any better. As Morabito told the press, Argento...

"...is convinced by the way That His movie is a masterpiece and can not be overshadowed."

Mmmm. Can't be made better? Well if you're trying to make the same film perhaps, but "better" is always subjective, and for some there's a whole list of things that could be made better in that film.

Still, it means the remake can happen, although don't expect Argento to have anything positive to say about it, for I fully expect the writers to completely rework the story and make it much more sensible. Anyone thinking 3D and PG-13 as well?



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