First and foremost on our mind was Green's proposed remake of Dario Argento's seminal horror masterpiece "Suspiria." We'd heard in the past that he had written it with his sound designer and was looking to cast unknowns but there hasn't been an update in a while.
When we asked what was holding it up, he said the general state of horror movies today, with cheap-ass movies bringing in big-time profits.
"I'm a big horror fan, particularly of '70s and '80s horror films," Green explained. "And we're at a point in the commercial sense of the genre where everybody thinks that you can put a million or a million and a half into a 'Paranormal Activity' or an 'Insidious' and you can make $100 million." It's tough for Green because that isn't the kind of movie his "Suspiria" wants to be. "What I'm trying to do, in a sense, is to make a movie that has a degree of production value that those don't have. This is very different than what's out there."
Still, Green added somewhat optimistically: " I think we're really close."
It was also recently announced that Green would write and direct an adaptation of Evan Mandery's "Q." "I'm in the early stages of adapting this book and figuring out what it is, exactly," Green said. "It's a novel I'm adapting." He said the project, about a man who's warned on his wedding day by a future version of himself not to marry his wife, is something of a homecoming. "For me it's a great way to revisit a love story and vulnerabilities of young love but in a way that I haven't since 'All the Real Girls,' which is a passion project I did about ten years ago," Green said. He also sounded intrigued by its mixture of genres: "...but there's a degree of science fiction, which is fun. The novel has a lot of comedic elements that I'm diminishing in order to make it… It reminds me of 'It's a Wonderful Life' in a weird way. It's a movie that'll break your heart but it'll make you feel great afterwards."
Two much older projects – an adaptation of John Grisham's real-life legal thriller "The Innocent Man" and a biographical film about motocross legend James "Bubba" Stewart, have been shuttered because of "Legal problems," according to Green.
As for his Sean William Scott vehicle "Nerd Camp," which Green described as a "high-concept studio comedy" back in 2006, said that, "They took it away from me and Danny [McBride] before anybody knew who we were and had some other guy write it."
With the mention a practically dusty-old project called, "One in the Chamber," Green's down-and-dirty action movie, his face lit up and he said two words: "Fucking awesome." We asked what was going on with it. "I don't want to direct that. I wrote that with my buddy and we want to start a kind of direct-to-video production company." We wondered, with the amount of projects on his plate, if he still had interest in starting the company and cranking out stuff like "One in the Chamber." Turns out he still very much wants it to happen.
"I would love to," Green enthused. "We've been around for a couple years trying to get it financed. Yeah that would be our flagship film if we can find a great international financier. I wrote it with my buddy Darius when I was all drugged up on painkillers after having jaw surgery and somehow, in six days, we cranked out something we were really proud of." Hey, if "Ninja Assassin" can be written "over a long weekend," six luxurious days for Green has probably bred brilliance.
On a personal level we were quite curious about an untitled western about heroin addicts in the old west, Green said blankly: "Nobody will finance that shit. I've been trying to get that made for ten years." If "The Sitter" is a big blockbuster it might enable it, though. "Maybe down the line but I have to be more commercially viable than I am right now. "
We had already turned off our tape recorder when Green said, "Aren't you going to ask about 'Freaks of the Heartland?'" Oh yeah! Tape recorder back on! This is his horror movie adaptation of Steve Niles and Greg Ruth's graphic novel that last we heard had been halted. "I want to do it as an animated movie now," he said. "I've been talking to the writer and illustrator of the comic book." At this point we suggested the Starz animation studio, since they had done exemplary work on very R-rated material for Rob Zombie's outstanding "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," a movie Green had never heard of. "I'm going to write that down – that's amazing!" he exclaimed and typed it into his iPhone.
As we were leaving he boiled down the reason none of these projects had gotten off the ground yet. "It's always financing problems," Green mused. "People want to make safe, boring zombie movies and vampire movies and comedies. Literally if I walk in the room with a really funny script or a zombie movie or aliens, they'll say, 'We want to see more of that, forget about those other things.'"
The Sitter" hits theaters this weekend.