And Luca Guadagnino’s On Fire…
…but will he burn in hell for a remake of Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria?
Director Luca Guadagnino (Io Sono L’Amore) has been knocking it out of the park with English language films A Bigger Splash, of which there was actual Oscar buzz, and Call Me By Your Name, a new film that got rave reviews at Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
Will the praise continue when he opens his remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror film, Suspiria?
The original Suspiria celebrates its 40th birthday this year with a restoration in 4K and the remake is in post-production with a big, almost exclusively female cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Malgorzata Bela, Tilda Swinton, and Jessica Harper (Harper was in the original cast at age 27). Amazon Studios acquired the project a year ago with all rights to distribution world-wide (so we shouldn’t have to wait so long for it here in the US).
Though the idea of a remake has upset some purists, actress Mia Goth told Bloody Disgusting, “Well what I can say about that is I think people are going to be really pleasantly surprised to realize that it’s really not a remake at all. I think people are going to be really shocked. It’s a nod of the hat to Dario Argento and his version of ‘Suspiria’, but we really do take it to a completely different place”.
In the original, a young American girl arrives at the Freiburg Academy to study ballet. The night she arrives one of the girls is fleeing in terror and later found murdered.
So all you Dario Argento fans: Thumbs up or thumbs down? Argento himself said, “I don’t know how he’ll do the remake. I haven’t read the script, but I know that Luca Guadagnino knows my work inside out. He’s passionate about this film of mine, and so I hope that he won’t let me down.”