After Luca Guadagnino’s sun-drenched flick A Bigger Splash (2015) got Ralph Fiennes’ hips snaking, the Italian director has moved on to direct the remake of Suspiria, Dario Argento’s well-loved 1977 giallo. A strong cast has already been lined up for the film, with Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and A Cure for Wellness (2016) star Mia Goth all featuring.
Now, it has been revealed that Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke is in charge of the soundtrack for the remake. It will be Yorke’s first time composing the music for a feature-length film, although he did contribute to the soundtrack for Velvet Goldmine (1998) and, with the rest of his band, wrote a theme song for the James Bond film Spectre (2015), which was eventully rejected in favour of Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On the Wall.’
It is a huge responsibility for Thom Yorke, considering the impact that the original Suspiria soundtrack had. Composed and performed by the progressive rock band Goblin, who also provided the music for Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975), Phenomena (1985) and Sleepless (2001), its infernal mix of buzzing synths and demonic growls helped define the sound for a whole genre of films. Yorke’s experience of creating atmospheric electronic music should go some way to assuaging any doubts about the quality of the remake’s score, however.
Luca Guadagnino’s remake will be set in Berlin in 1977 (the year the original film was made) and it will also feature Jessica Harper, who starred as Susie Bannion in Dario Argento’s version. According to Guadagnino, the film will not just replicate the vivid primary colours of the original, telling Variety that it will instead be ‘winter-ish, evil, and really dark.’ Aesthetically, it sounds like it could be a huge departure from the ’70s giallo that inspired it and only time will tell if it retains the character that made its predecessor so memorable.
A release date has not been announced for Suspiria, but Guadagnino wrapped the shoot in March and is in post-production, with a late-2017 release possible.