After years in development, cameras are now rolling on the remake of Dario Argento‘s classic “Suspiria.” And while the original director was a bit cheesed at not being consulted about it, perhaps he’ll be heartened a little bit by this latest development.
Jessica Harper, who played the lead role of Suzy Bannion in the 1977 flick, has joined the redo being helmed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash,” “I Am Love“). Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Mia Goth round out the cast for the movie which is keeping its ’70s setting, following a young American woman who travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in 1977, arriving just as one of its members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company’s feverish artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.
So…what exactly are they changing up here? We’ll have to wait and see, but Guadagnino is a pretty dynamic and original visualist himself, and he’ll no doubt put his own mark on “Suspiria.” Still, it’s a tall order to match Argento’s picture, and we’ll keep an eye out in 2017 to see the results. [EW]