Your Highness Director David Gordon Green Updates Suspiria Remake; May Be "Next"
03.29.11 by Ryan
Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls) was supposed to shoot his Suspiria remake last year, but with Green's Your Highness finally opening next month, the movie could be getting closer to production.
Green first wrote the script for the remake in 2008, revealing that he planned to make a "beautiful horror movie" that goes for "the vivid technicolor achievement of The Red Shoes with the intensity and fear and anxiety of The Silence of the Lambs." Green claimed later that his Suspiria would be "in the spirit" of what director Dario Argento did in the 1977 original.
In a recent interview with The Playlist, Green revealed that he wants to shoot Suspiria "next".
I’m hopefully going to get into a horror film, [Suspiria] next. That’s the goal. It’s an idea that came to me three years ago. That was an enlightening process. [Our Suspiria] doesn’t follow the trend of the traditional horror movies of late, so it’s a leap of faith, financially. It’s actually very faithful. I’m gonna put my spin on it, but in terms of a pitch, it’s going to remain quite faithful to [the original].
Initially, Green had been talking to his Your Highness actress Natalie Portman about playing the lead role. "We’ve been talking about it, then she decided to do Black Swan." The original followed an American ballet dancer (Jessica Harper) who studies at an European dance academy run by witches, and, while Green's version won't necessarily follow the ballet academy location, the director is fine with finding a new cast.
I want an unknown cast, and I think [Portman's] a little too old for it. My version isn’t necessarily about ballet, it’s more of an all-girls boarding school, so I think she’s probably too old to pass for a high school-er. I don’t think it will have names, but hopefully it will be at a studio. Because I definitely enjoy having a movie that gets marketed that people go to see.
But there’s no greater passport. Suspiria is a great reason to move to Germany, hang out there for awhile, discover some new European cast members, find something scary.
Green's claim that Suspiria will be his "next" project is a little misleading, since the director's next movie after Your Highness is The Sitter, which stars Jonah Hill as a college dropout who agrees to babysit three mischievous children. The comedy wrapped production near the end of last year, and recently received a new release date of Dec. 9. Green says it wasn't his intention to go right into another comedy after Your Highness.
After Your Highness I wanted to do a character piece. I love working with kids, and I love working in New York City, so I literally had those guidelines. Character piece with kids in New York City—and I don’t want it to be a comedy. But then the script to The Sitter showed up, and I was like, "okay, this is funny as s**t." It’s got some great dramatic scenes. And it reminds me a lot of Risky Business and a lot of those types of movies I liked when I was a kid.
So once The Sitter is completed, then Green can make Suspiria his "next" movie.