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‘Suspiria’ Director Luca Guadagnino Says His Remake is a Homeage to the Original

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It’s been a long while since we last had anything fresh to update you all on Director Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, a modern-day remake of Italian horror master Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic.

In a interview conducted today via The Guardian, Guadagnino touched briefly on his reasons for remaking the film, revealing his love for the film started at just 14.

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.” Guadagnino told the site. “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.

Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films, and Memo Films produce. Guadagnino, Brad Fischer, Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak, and Silvia Venturini Fendi are producers on the title while James Vanderbilt, Paul Deason, Massimiliano Violante, and Carlo Antonelli exec produce.

Synopsis:
Suspiria follows Susie Bannion, 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 revolutionary 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.

The cast includes Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper.

Amazon Studios picked up the project last year for worldwide distribution rights and is financing production.

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