Suddenly out of nowhere, the Italian TV industry is determined to make its mark on the international scene like never before.
It appears that spaghetti Western Django and the Dario Argento chiller Suspiria are set to be adapted into an English language TV series.
According to a joint press release, the collaboration between French producer Atlantique Productions and Italy's top independent TV production company Cattleya will re-imagine the cult Western, which also inspired Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Take a look at the trailer below to remind yourself on this epic movie, originally based on Sergio Corbucci's 1966 classic:
The new adaptation is set to be re-vamped "with the grit and edginess of modern television dramas." And like the first movie in the '60s, the plot will follow a gunslinger burdened by his tragic past and will even feature the coffin that he drags with him everywhere he goes, including deep into Ku Klux Klan country.
The second series, Suspiria will be a period horror series, styled as a new Sherlock Holmes and located in London and Rome at the end of the 19th century. The plot-line stipulates that:
“The story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries."
Both projects will feature 12 episodes of 50 minutes with the plot developing over numerous seasons.
In particular, the CEO of Atlantic Productions, Olivier Bibas, is incredibly enthusiastic about the future of these two TV series. He said:
“Our ambition is to produce two series that combine unforgettable characters, strong political undertones and social comment — with the pace, production values and story-lines that will appeal to a new generation of viewers.”
Sounds good to me!