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'Suspiria' Remake Set For Production

'The Pineapple Express' director David Gordon takes the reins

Crime Scene Pictures is spearheading the remake of Dario Argento's 1977 cult hit "Suspiria," according to Deadline.

David Gordon Green ("The Pineapple Express") is set to direct the witch tale, which he co-wrote with Chris Gebert. It begins production in September.

The remake will be produced by Italian director Luca Guadagnino ("The Protagonists") under the First Sun production banner along with Francesco Melzi d’Eril ("Hotel Rwanda") from Memo Films and Crime Scene Pictures' Adam Ripp and Rob Paris.

Green has previously promised to deliver a faithful adaption, featuring music based on Goblin's haunting score.

“We love the style and energy of the original film -- and David’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film,” Ripp and Paris said in a statement.

In Argento's film, Jessica Harper ("Phantom Of The Paradise," "Safe") played Suzy Banyon, an American dance student enrolled at the Tanz Akademie in Freiburg, Germany. Unfortunately for Suzy, the school was simply a front that masked the activities of Mater Suspiriorum, a powerful witch.

Executive producers for the remake are Silvia Fendi, Rizal Risjad and Philip Elway; Lisa Muskat will co-produce.

See our opinion on the remake here.

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