Suspiria remake is now a TV show with Argento involved

Dario Argento will oversee a TV series based on his horror masterpiece Suspiria

Jessica Harper tries to run and hide from Suspiria
Jessica Harper tries to run and hide from Suspiria

The US remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria to be directed by David Gordon Green dragged on for years before it finally died. It even had a cast, including Isabelle Furhman, Isabelle Hupper and Janet McTeer.

Now, there’s another team approaching the masterpiece of horror cinema, and they’re coming at it from a different angle: TV.

Screen Daily reports that “French drama producer Atlantique Productions and Italian outfit Cattleya” have secured the rights to Thomas De Qunicy’s novel Suspiria De Profundis and have brought Argento on board as “the series’ artistic supervisor.”

The story is definitely taking a different tack to Argento’s movie, which told the story of American ballerina Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) who faces terrible evil at a German dance academy. Combining dream logic, glorious technicolour and the music of Goblin, it’s a gorgeous fairytale nightmare in which reality is not important.

The series is “Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century.”

Argento is quoted as saying “The extraordinary freedom of expression and creativity that modern TV drama now offers and the interest that the public has shown towards it have encouraged me to take a stab at this new genre.”

If the show really is breaking new ground to the movie, that could be interesting. It sounds a little closer to Inferno than Suspiria, although that follow-up doesn’t have the same pop culture cache as its predecessor.

What do you think? Are you intrigued? Or should Argento leave his back catalogue alone?


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