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David Gordon Green shares some bad news about the Suspiria remake

Aug. 6, 2013by:

Things were looking good with David Gordon Green's SUSPIRIA remake until earlier this year when he said the film was tied up in legal issues. He seemed negative on the prospects of it happening but was silent until a recent interview with IndieWire where he seems to have stuck a fork in the movie.

While discussing his latest project, PRINCE AVALANCHE, Green said the reasons why SUSPIRIA was stalled was not financial any more but more of a marketing issue:

"Nothing. It's just not the right time for that movie to exist. It's a classy, elegant horror movie and people want to see things that are a little more raw, like found footage. Nobody's really begging for something that's elegant, classy and expensive."

Green doesn't go so far as to say he is dropping the project all together, but that seems to be what is happening. SUSPIRIA regularly makes the top of lists of the best horror movies of all time, but Dario Argento's film is also a cinematic treat for non-horror fans. The visual style and the modernized approach telling Hitchcockian tales in a supernatural world made Argento a legend in Italy. While he certainly has a cult following around the world, a lackluster couple of decades has ruined his reputation.

We don't seem to get high caliber studio horror films like ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE SHINING, or THE EXORCIST. SUSPIRIA had that potential. While I am not a proponent of remakes, I was interested in seeing what David Gordon Green would have brought. I am fine with going back and rewatching the original instead.

Extra Tidbit: Love the Goblin soundtrack. So awesome.
Source: IndieWire

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10:10AM on 08/07/2013
Nobody's begging for a remake of Suspiria either.

Why not make an original classy & elegant horror film without the expense? The original Suspiria was a very low budget independent horror film, even for its time the budget was considered tiny.
Nobody's begging for a remake of Suspiria either.

Why not make an original classy & elegant horror film without the expense? The original Suspiria was a very low budget independent horror film, even for its time the budget was considered tiny.
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10:02AM on 08/07/2013
"...people want to see things that are a little more raw, LIKE FOUND FOOTAGE. Nobody's really begging for something that's elegant, classy and expensive"

If this is how Hollywood sees the horror genre... *sigh* I think part of my soul just died a little bit
"...people want to see things that are a little more raw, LIKE FOUND FOOTAGE. Nobody's really begging for something that's elegant, classy and expensive"

If this is how Hollywood sees the horror genre... *sigh* I think part of my soul just died a little bit
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8:20AM on 08/07/2013
On one hand, Green is wrong. Many audiences--both genre-lovers and the general--desire artful, complex horror films. Found footage can be boring and overly simple. Movies 3D can be specious spectacle. On the other hand, almost no one wants a Suspiria remake if s/he knows what Suspiria is.
On one hand, Green is wrong. Many audiences--both genre-lovers and the general--desire artful, complex horror films. Found footage can be boring and overly simple. Movies 3D can be specious spectacle. On the other hand, almost no one wants a Suspiria remake if s/he knows what Suspiria is.
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4:28AM on 08/07/2013
Classy and elegant? Either he hasn't seen the original or they were going for something competely unlike Argento's style.
The thing about Argento movies is that remaking them without the camp and the cheese doesn't really leave a whole lot to be enjoyed. No one watches Argento flicks for the story, can't be, because 80% of his movies share the same synopsis; famous person is stalked by a psychotic killer.
Classy and elegant? Either he hasn't seen the original or they were going for something competely unlike Argento's style.
The thing about Argento movies is that remaking them without the camp and the cheese doesn't really leave a whole lot to be enjoyed. No one watches Argento flicks for the story, can't be, because 80% of his movies share the same synopsis; famous person is stalked by a psychotic killer.
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12:53AM on 08/07/2013
Well, I don't want Suspiria to be remade, so I can't say this is a bad news per se. What I like is what is said about the marketing, which sadly is all too true.
Well, I don't want Suspiria to be remade, so I can't say this is a bad news per se. What I like is what is said about the marketing, which sadly is all too true.
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11:49PM on 08/06/2013

Eh...

I really don't care if this gets remade. I could see it being done, and potentially done well, but I was happy with the original, and unlike some horror films, I don't see a lot of room for improvement. I'm waiting for the studios to get back to making original horror. After James Wan's successes with Saw, Insidious, and the Conjuring, I could see a lot more original horror films coming our way. Those movies made a lot of money, and were made with a fraction of the cost of other big summer
I really don't care if this gets remade. I could see it being done, and potentially done well, but I was happy with the original, and unlike some horror films, I don't see a lot of room for improvement. I'm waiting for the studios to get back to making original horror. After James Wan's successes with Saw, Insidious, and the Conjuring, I could see a lot more original horror films coming our way. Those movies made a lot of money, and were made with a fraction of the cost of other big summer blockbusters. Not only that, but unlike many recent remakes (that (a) sucked, (b) underperformed and (c) required the studio to buy the rights) they all spawned sequels. 7 Saw movies which made more and more, Insidious 2 opening next month, and The Conjuring had a sequel green lit within 2 weeks of its release. DO THE MATH!!! Make an original horror film! It's better for the fans, and it's better for business.
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9:32PM on 08/06/2013
"Nobody's really begging for something that's elegant, classy and expensive" - Well, nobody wants a remake/reboot of the classic horror movie so this is a good news for me. Yippy!!
"Nobody's really begging for something that's elegant, classy and expensive" - Well, nobody wants a remake/reboot of the classic horror movie so this is a good news for me. Yippy!!
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5:59PM on 08/06/2013
This is one remake I wouldnt mind seeing. I liked the original but I never thought it was that great and could be approved upon. Oh well.
This is one remake I wouldnt mind seeing. I liked the original but I never thought it was that great and could be approved upon. Oh well.
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5:43PM on 08/06/2013
Unfortunate. I was looking forward to see what he did with it.
Unfortunate. I was looking forward to see what he did with it.
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4:42PM on 08/06/2013
So where's the bad news?
So where's the bad news?
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4:41PM on 08/06/2013
Fantastic news. Let's hope it stays dead.
Fantastic news. Let's hope it stays dead.
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4:24PM on 08/06/2013
Good news to me.

Fingers crossed for the Poltergeist remake to fall apart....
Good news to me.

Fingers crossed for the Poltergeist remake to fall apart....
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4:24PM on 08/06/2013
Good news to me.

Fingers crossed for the Poltergeist remake to fall apart....
Good news to me.

Fingers crossed for the Poltergeist remake to fall apart....
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3:57PM on 08/06/2013
I'm not seeing the downside the original still holds up to this day.
I'm not seeing the downside the original still holds up to this day.
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3:46PM on 08/06/2013

Wow, one small victory over dozens of others losses

I just told a bartender to play some Goblin last week.
I barely recall something about a remake, which this movie will never need.
Pretty good news to hear it's "shelved" for now!
I just told a bartender to play some Goblin last week.
I barely recall something about a remake, which this movie will never need.
Pretty good news to hear it's "shelved" for now!
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3:35PM on 08/06/2013
How is this bad news? This is great news!
How is this bad news? This is great news!
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