Italian cult films ‘Django’ and Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’ to be adapted for television


Two international producing companies, France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya, have joined forces to co-develop and produce television adaptations of two cult Italian film properties.

According to Slashfilm, the two companies intend to adapt the spaghetti western icon Django based from Sergio Corbucci’s original film and Italian horror film classic Suspiria by Dario Argento which was inspired by the 1845 novel Suspiria De Profundis by Thomas De Qunicey. The companies intend for both shows be in English language and to produce twelve episode seasons with a running time up to 50 minutes per episode with the hope for multiple seasons.

The concept of Django seems well-suited for a television adaptation, being that the character of Django has become an icon of the western landscape much like a James Bond (in spy films) or a Batman (in the superhero genre), where the performer of the character has become secondary to the legend. Django has already changed actors and been imitated and re-appropriated throughout the years with the most recent iteration being in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

The more difficult sell may be adapting Suspiria to the small screen as it seems the film acquires much of its cult status from the talents of the director Dario Argento. The company appears to have remedied this issue by having Argento on hand as an artistic supervisor for the new series.

Screen Daily describes the Suspiria adaptation, titled Suspiria De Profundis as:

“An English-language period horror series in which the author De Quincey is the lead character. Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century.

The premise for Suspiria seems like it could be a fun mystery series type, possibly in the vein of Columbo or Murder She Wrote, but with a modern and horror edge that may simulate current running horror series like Penny Dreadful or American Horror Story.

With the current penchant of cult film properties being revived to television, such as Let the right one in, Evil Dead and West World there is no sign of this trend fading any time soon.

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