IGN has a fantastic chat with famed Italian director Dario Argento about his huge body of genre work. The subject of remakes came up, and Argento mentioned the SUSPERIA remake (being helmed by PINEAPPLE EXPRESS director David Gordon Green and rumored to star Natalie Portman) as well as (surprisingly) a remake to BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE.
Argento tells IGN, "Yes. I know now I think somebody wants to remake the film Suspiria. I don’t know how this film will be, but I think people are interested in this because it’s different. It’s easy to understand – it’s different from other kinds of films, horror or thriller. The walls inside are very strong, very important to describe it. I think somebody also wants to remake Bird With the Crystal Plumage (laughs). I hear that somebody wants to do that, but this is much more difficult to remake because there’s a link to Italy in the 1970s, which is a little bit difficult to do. But if somebody wants to do that, okay (laughs)."
IGN: What do you think about the trend of doing remakes? Have we just run out of ideas or do you think there’s something valuable in taking an older text and reimagining it for a new audience?
Argento: "No, it’s interesting to remake a film for the contemporary audience today. I think it’s a good idea; it needs to respect the original idea. Don’t just take the title and change everything else. No, you must follow the idea, otherwise why buy the rights for this film just to do another thing?"