Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Will Score Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake
Few films rank higher on the most anticipated list than Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming Suspiria remake. The Italian filmmaker seduced film lovers with his lavish I Am Love, gave us a radiant, dancing Ralph Fiennes in last year’s A Bigger Splash, and made us, uh, feel a certain type of way in his extravagant and sensual Sundance breakout, Call Me By Your Name. Now he’s working on the remake to the Italian horror cult favorite, and the project just tapped Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to compose the score.
Fans of the original movie know it’s hard to separate the bewitching 1977 Dario Argento movie from it’s spine-tingling score by Goblin. The frightening bells tingle over the film’s theme song as a menacing, raspy voice sings a “la la la” lullaby. It’s as hypnotizing as it is terrifying, and the music plays a huge role in capturing the unnerving essence of Argento’s world of ballet and dark magic. I’ve been wondering for some time what Guadagnino would do for his remake’s score, and today a new press release announced the Amazon Studios movie will mark Yorke’s debut scoring a feature film.
That’s some pretty exciting news for any music lover, and the thought of Yorke being in the running for a Best Original Score Oscar is thrilling. (And here’s another thing to get you hyped – if it’s original, that means Yorke could be in awards competition with fellow Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood, who’s scoring the new Paul Thomas Anderson joint due out later this year.) In the press release, Guadagnino said Yorke’s score will create a “disturbing and transforming experience,” which sounds perfect for this movie. Though, as fellow ScreenCrush editor Britt Hayes suggested, Mica Levi (Jackie, Under the Skin) was practically born to score this remake.
It’s unknown just how much Yorke’s score will echo Goblin’s, but considering Guadagnino’s Suspiria has been described as less of a remake and more of an original reimagining, we can bet to hear something different. Earlier this year Mia Goth, who plays ballet dancer Sara, told me the movie “is nod of the hat to Argento, but Luca takes it to a very different place.”
The new Suspiria, set at a ballet school in Berlin, will also star A Bigger Slash‘s Dakota Johnson in Jessica Harper’s role as Susie Bannon, Chloe Grace Moretz as Patricia, a dancer who’s gone missing, and Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc. The press release also came with the first full synopsis, which sounds exactly like the original:
Susie Bannion, a young American woman, travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in the year 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company’s members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company’s revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.
If all of the above doesn’t get you excited for this film, then these photos of Swinton as an elderly man will. Fingers crossed we get to see this movie by the end of 2017.