Variety have named Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard, alongside the previously cast James Marsden, as the three key players in the Straw Dogs remake. Marsden will be playing a screenwriter relocating to Mississippi from LA, Bosworth his wife who travelled to La La Land with aspirations to become an actress, and Skarsgard her high school boyfriend who sees her return home to Mississippi as a way to reignite his lost reputation in the town.
When I heard that Straw Dogs is being remade, I wanted to hear that it would be handled by a director as unflinching and uncompromising as Sam Peckinpah, helmsman of the original (Chan Wook Park would have been ideal, for example). That it is Rod Lurie in charge, sometime film critic now best known for (occasionally polemical) political dramas like The Contender or TV’s Commander In Chief, leaves me both weary and a little curious. Whatever else he may or may not be, Lurie certainly isn’t a guy to pursue an easy gig with a simple knock-off cash in.
I’m hoping that the Skarsgard role is significantly expanded and deepened from it’s counterpart in the original. Not only would that set the two films even further apart, which would be a wise thing to do, it could also help offset any easy reading of the story as pro-LA, anti-Mississippi. I’m not sure many of the arguments against Peckinpah’s film really hold much water, but it was definitely accused of portraying the people of Cornwall as somewhat simple and hickish.
Should the original and remake storylines follow at least fairly closely, there’s going to be a series of violent and provocative confrontations in this new film that will not only guarantee an R rating but also require sensitive, intelligent handling to sidestep sensationalism and simplicity of moral argument.
wow how terrible
They’ve been talking about this for at least five years now. The first time I heard about it it was going to be Ed Norton playing the role.
I’ll believe it when I see it.
And of course, if it’s a Rod Lurie film staring James Marsden, I surely I won’t actually see this movie.
Yeah, I saw that this morning. I think the story changes are for the worst and one of the things that really intrigued me about the original “Straw Dogs” was the tension/push-pull between the fact that Dustin Hoffman was an American in a completely different coutnry, flanked by Brits. Now the whole cast is American and the old boyfriend is an ex-football star? It sounds like they’re really watering this down and I’m definitely not a fan of that. Plus, I doubt they’ll go through with the rape scene. To me, that was the most revealing scene of Susan George’s character, even though it was rough and brutal. Overall, sounds like a bad idea, I wish they weren’t remaking this.
The story was what was weakest about that movie. Peckinpah’s direction was what made it so exciting and disturbing.
I remember the genius editing of the rape scene, and also how horribly uncomfortable it made me feel. Also, Hoffman and Susan George (whatever happened to her) were brilliant casting.
Oh gosh, please don’t tell me about any more remakes, lol. Who’s running the shit in Hollywood, sitting around saying, “You know, that was kind of a good movie, pretty artful, shocked a lot of people, let’s do it again but this time with even more graphic sex and violence. We can squeeze another few thousand miles outta those tires, you know we can really turn this mother out.” I mean, that’s how low and sleazy I imagine the discourse is in these infamous “meetings” — these lunches where contracts are famously signed on cocktail napkins after one too many cocktails.
another fckng re make
I too shall skip this.
I can see it now: they’ll turn Sam Peckinpah’s deconstruction of violence, sexuality, and the very definition of masculinity turned into a shit poor stylized action film with ugly shaky cam moments to imitate those fucking Bourne films. And if it wasn’t any worse, Rod Lurie, director of the pretentious and annoyingly overrated Contender, is in charge of the remake. I don’t mind remakes if its actually done by a good director (Ex: Herzog’s Nosferatu or Cronenberg’s The Fly), but Lurie! This is just pitiful.
WHY are they remaking this???!!!
I thought Edward Norton was behind that project, as I heard he wanted to play Hoffman’s character.
Either way, terrible idea. Bloody Sam must be twisting in his grave…his mastepiece shouldn’t be touch nor reproduced.
another remake?what’s next?Black God,White Devil?let me not speak so loud,who knows who might listen :P
I just found out about this…I’m so sad.
Yeah this one’s going to be a revolting mess.
Instead of making a remake they should try to be getting licensing back to the goddamn Criterion Collection so that some of us have access to see this film!!!
I’d like to see Sam crawl out of his grave, funeral suit all filthy, and a lever-action shotgun in hand looking for the executives who okayed this bullshit decision…
“The first time I saw him, he was dead.”
I’m with Charles on both counts. The early 70s energy—brutal, anarchic, dark as hell—simply can’t be replicated.
Yeah, I recall another thread of this film but it just looks like an utter travesty. Even if I liked the idea of a remake, Rod Lurie is a terrible director for the project seems he specializes in very middle-of-the-road bland political films. And the casting is utterly dreadful. I’m curious how it’s updated to the US south though.
This is gonna be roadkill. No one will want to see this.
This is a terrible idea…a film that was of its time & place…what’s the point?
I think James Woods is in it. At least he’ll be good.
Anybody know why this was pushed back from February to September?
They turned the classic Straw Dogs into a typical generic redneck movie, I’ll pass on this one.