Chloe Moretz is set to star opposite Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Goth in Frenesy Film Company and Mythology Entertainment's new retelling of the classic horror pic Suspiria.
A Bigger Splash helmer Luca Guadagnino is directing. Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is financing the production. Amazon could not be reached for comment.
The film is a passion project of Guadagnino's who has wanted to do a new re-imagining for some time and has been at the forefront of getting this remake off the ground. David Kajganich is penning the script based on the pic written by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi.
Based on the 1977 film from Italian horror master Dario Argento, the movie follows a young ballet dancer who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.
Suspiria is a Latin word for "sighs".
The film will be produced by Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films, and Memo Films. The producers on the project are Guadagnino, Brad Fischer, Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak, and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Mythology's James Vanderbilt, Paul Deason, Massimiliano Violante and Carlo Antonelli are exec producing. WME Global and Carlos Goodman handled the deal with Amazon on behalf of the filmmakers.
Guadagnino, Johnson, and Swinton had been linked to the project for some time but with Moretz now signing on, the film has the greenlight and should start production this October in Italy and Hungary.
Moretz has been drawn to more adult fare following her breakout performance in adult action pic Kick-Ass. While plenty of those pics were non-genre based like Hugo and The Equalizer, the 19-year-old has done plenty of work in pics with horror or supernatural elements, including Carrie, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows. She was most recently seen showing off her comedic chops in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
Moretz, Johnson, Guadagnino, Goth and Mythology are all repped by WME. Swinton is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell. Moretz is also repped by T Squared Entertainment.
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