Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is set to follow up his acclaimed coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name with a remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1970 horror Suspiria. Naturally, remaking such a revered film is bound to lead to criticism, and the director has acknowledged that in an interview with The Guardian, describing his take as a homage to the horror masterpiece, rather than a commercially-driven decision.
“Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and Suspiria is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had. I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it. So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, ‘How dare you remake Suspiria. Typical commerce-driven mentality.’ I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that’s how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it. Do you stop watching Tristan and Isolde’s mise-en-scene because Patrice Chereau’s was so incredible? No, there will be a new one that will be fantastic. How many Hamlets have we experienced in our lifetimes that were fantastic? Human art is not about inventing originality, it’s about finding a new point of view.”
Guadagnino has already completed filming on his Suspiria remake, with an impressive cast that features the likes of Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz. As yet however there’s been no word as to when we can expect it to release.