It’s hardly been a secret on this site that Luca Guadagnino’s new Suspiria remake is my most anticipated film of 2018. Though I’ll have to wait until the end of the month for a chance to actually see it for myself, the film has already been garnering a reputation from critics and audiences as being a bit of a divisive horror film in the vein of other recent horror films like Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Robert Eggers’ The Witch. And if Suspiria does well enough upon release, it would seem Guadagnino himself is up for more witchy filmmaking down the road.
In a recent interview with The Playlist, the Oscar-nominated director revealed that he has a very specific image in mind for a prequel film.
NOTE: Minor Spoilers for Suspiria ahead!
“I have this image in my mind of Helena Markos in solitude in the year 1212 in Scotland or in Spain,” said Guadagnino. “Wondering through a village and trying to find a way on how she can manipulate the women of the village. I have this image. I know she was there, I know it was six to seven hundred years before the actual storyline of this film.”
The director went on to elaborate on why he previously considered the idea of titling this remake as Suspiria: Part One. He explained:
“This because this is a movie layer in times and space. When Patricia [Chloë Grace Moretz] is in that undead situation she says to Sarah, ‘She shows me things.’ What? What kind of thing? Where is she? What is she saying? It’s very fertile what [screenwriter David Kajganich] came up with. So I think, depending on how this movie plays out in theaters we may revisit or once to see. I think this movie particularly is in a way not necessarily something that need to be progressed in advance. A companion piece this could something better deals with different layers of time. Not just the arrow that point the future.”
It’s a very interesting proposal to say the least. And honestly I actually quite love Guadagnino’s idea of a prequel being set that far back in time, which is typically unheard of in the film world.
What do you think? Have you seen the new Suspiria remake yet? Be sure to comment below!
SOURCE: The Playlist