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David Gordon Green says “Paranormal Activity” success has made “Suspiria” remake a tough sell

David Gordon Green says “Paranormal Activity” success has made “Suspiria” remake a tough sell (photo)

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The last time we spoke with David Gordon Green about his plans to remake Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror film “Suspiria,” he was hoping to solidify casting on the film before the end of 2011 and start shooting shortly thereafter. With only a few weeks to go until the end of the year, IFC caught up with Green to get an update on the project.

“I’ve turned in the script,” said Green during a recent interview promoting his new film “The Sitter” starring Jonah Hill. “We’re just looking at casting and locations and trying to figure out budget and if it works.”

Asked why he’s had to adjust his expectations and push back the project’s timeline, the “Pineapple Express” director attributed the delay to timing and the current less-is-more movie climate.

“I’ve been trying to make it for four years and trying to find the support entity to finance it. It’s a very specific movie and the horror genre is in a very specific place right now that’s very much inspired by the success of movies like ‘Paranormal Activity’ that show you can make a very economical killing at the box office, so to speak,” he explained. “This movie is substantially different than that. So it’s hard to point at what’s out there now and working commercially and say, ‘Yeah, but not like that, like this.'”

Still, Green remains hopeful that a studio will eventually gamble on his retooled version of the cult-classic film about a ballet prodigy who discovers that her dance academy is run by a coven of witches.

I hope I get to make it. I hope somebody takes those risks,” he said. “I feel like I’m closer every day to having people embrace the script and the story I’m trying to do and the technique I want to execute it in. I hope so.”

Still, he wouldn’t offer any new timeline on the project, given the uncertain climate in Hollywood these days.

“It’s hard to count on other people’s money,” Green told IFC. “Until I’m writing my own checks to finance my own films, it’s hard to comment on any film’s status.”

Green’s new film “The Sitter” is in theaters now. Let us know what you think of his plans for “Suspiria” by chiming in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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