“When you dance the dance of another, you make yourself in the image of its creator…” The full trailer for Amazon’s Suspiria has been unveiled – and it sets the stage for a beautiful, nightmarish tale.
Argento’s original is a cut classic, starring Jessica Harper. Now, Luca Guardagnino is bringing his own interpretation to the thriller, and the trailer shows him pirouetting around it with gruesome grace. The remake stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Chloe Grace Moretz, and explores a darkness swirling at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Suspiria is released in US cinemas in October, following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival this month. Watch this space for our review of Amazon Studios’ latest original – and keep watching for the trailer, if your nerves can handle it:
Amazon unveils trailer for Suspiria remake
5th June 2018
Amazon’s remake of Suspiria is drawing closer – and a trailer has finally landed online to give us our first proper look at what’s in store.
The idea of remaking Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic might not sound like a smart idea, but the talent behind it have already started to win over sceptical genre fans, with not only Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Chloe Grace-Moretz starring, but also Luca “Call My By Your Name” Guadagnino directing. The script is written by David Kajganich, adapted from Argento and Daria Nicolodi’s original, and once again follows a young ballet dancer who heads from America to a prestigious academy in Europe, which emerges as something more sinister and supernatural.
“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist,” reads the film’s official synopsis. “Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.”
Amazon Studios recently debuted footage at CinemaCon, which was decidedly more graphic than this chilling teaser, but positive buzz is already beginning to build, ahead of its US theatrical release in November. Videa has the theatrical rights in Italy, before it eventually is released on Amazon Prime Video. No theatrical distributor is officially on board yet in the UK.
Amazon’s Suspiria remake wraps and heads to Berlin Film Festival
5th February 2017
Amazon is heading to the Berlin Film Festival this week, not to buy projects but to sell one: its remake of Suspiria.
The online giant has been a dominant force on the festival circuit in the past 12 months, snapping up several titles at this year’s Sundance, following last year’s acquisition of Oscar contender Manchester by the Sea. While Netflix, also an active presence on the circuit, only acquires titles to distribute, Amazon Studios also actively finances projects and sells the theatrical rights on to others. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, for example, was Amazon’s first original film back in 2015, but was not released in the UK until Vertigo purchased the rights and distributed it theatrically at the end of 2016. It has since been added to Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
The latest on Amazon Studios’ list is a remake of Suspiria – yes, that Suspiria. Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic (pictured above) may not sound like a film suited to being remade, but the cast and crew are as impressive as one could hope: directed by Luca Guadagnino, for whom it has reportedly been a passion project, it stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz and Mia Goth. The script is written by David Kajganich, adapted from Argento and Daria Nicolodi’s original. The plot is broadly the same, concerning a young ballet dancer who heads from America to a prestigious academy in Europe, which emerges as something more sinister and supernatural.
Guadagnino has just premiered his 1980s-set romance Call Me By Your Name at Sundance, which Deadline reports was a big hit. He is at Berlin this month screening that film in festival’s Panorama strand, but his Suspiria remake (which JoBlo reports has just wrapped production) will also be in attendance at the European Film Market, the festival’s trade marketplace.
The film is produced by Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films and Memo Films, with Guadagnino, Kajganich, Brad Fischer, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak and Silvia Venturini Fendi all on producer duties, and James Vanderbilt, Paul Deason, Massimiliano Violante and Carlo Antonelli exec producing. Amazon Studio joined the project last year when it picked up the worldwide distribution rights. Now, Amazon is heading to Berlin with FilmNation handling sales agreements.
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