New stab set for ‘Suspiria’

Dimension, Katz take a stab at chiller

NEW YORK — Dimension Films has acquired remake rights to Italian frightmeister Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic “Suspiria,” with writer Stephen Katz (“Shadow of the Vampire”) attached to pen the screenplay.

Project was set up by producers Michael Nash and Amanda Klein via their Primal Pictures outfit.

Original chiller was produced by the director’s brother, Claudio Argento, and starred Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett and Alida Valli in the story of an American student in a prestigious European ballet academy that fronts for a secret witches’ coven.

Argento’s international commercial breakthrough peaked with “Suspiria,” which earned a cult following among genre fans for its dreamlike set pieces, garish colors, bravura camerawork and booming soundtrack by the director and Italian fright-rock band Goblin.

Dimension co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston will oversee the remake for the studio, with senior VP of production and development Michael Zoumas overseeing day to day. VP of business and legal affairs Michael Marshall negotiated on behalf of Dimension.

Katz, who was also a writer on HBO’s 1998 mini “From the Earth to the Moon,” is repped by Endeavor, as are the producers.

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