Dario Argento to oversee “SUSPIRIA” TV series!Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
With plans for a U.S. remake having fallen apart a little while back, Dario Argento’s classic SUSPIRIA is now being revived as a TV series, with the director himself on board.
Screen Daily reports that France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya company have forged a co-development and co-production pact to turn both SUSPIRIA and the Franco Nero Western DJANGO into English-language shows. The former will be titled SUSPIRIA DE PROFUNDIS and inspired by the book of the same title by 19th-century British writer Thomas De Quincey, who will be the series’ lead character. Set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century, the program, for which Argento will serve as artistic supervisor, will establish De Quincey as a Sherlock Holmes type investigating supernatural mysteries and “psychological fantasies of evil.”
“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,” Argento tells the trade. Both SUSPIRIA and DJANGO will start out with 12 hour-long episodes, with plans to continue them for multiple seasons. Atlantique’s Olivier Bibas and creative director Patrick Nebout will executive-produce alongside Cattleya partners Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz.