TV offshoot of classic horror film Suspiria being developed

According to ScreenDaily, two European production companies -- France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya -- are developing a new series that is related to and loosely based on Italian director Dario Argento's surreal and influential horror masterpiece Suspiria. Argento is listed as an "artistic consultant" for the project, which will consist at the outset of a dozen 50-minute segments.

The show itself will be called Suspiria De Profundis and is based on the 1845 book of the same name by British writer Thomas De Quincey, which in turn inspired Argento's film as well as two of his later movies, Inferno and The Mother of Tears. Together with Suspiria, they formed a loose trilogy about three primordial witches at loose in the modern world.

While the movie was set in a German dance academy, the proposed series will follow a different path. De Quincey himself will be the lead character and will be "styled as a new Sherlock Holmes," while the story, set in Rome and London at the turn of the 20th century, will "explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries."

Argento, whose own film output in recent years has been, to put it nicely, erratic, said in a statement, "The extraordinary freedom of expression and creativity that modern TV drama now offers and the interest that the public has shown towards it have encouraged me to take a stab at this new genre." 

The idea of a fictionalized version of the author solving bizarre mysteries (and presumably writing them down in the actual book) doesn't sound like it has much to do with the dreamlike phantasmagoria of Argento's movie, but since a planned remake of that itself appears to be dead as well, this looks like the only new Suspiria we might get.

(via Slashfilm)

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