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Writer/Director Rod Lurie says STRAW DOGS remake will carry a hard R-rating

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by: James Wallace
July 2nd, 2010

Whether we asked for it or not, Hollywood has decided that we need a STRAW DOGS remake in our lives. The 1971 shockingly violent and “dark, domestic psychological thriller” was directed by Sam Peckinpah and starred Dustin Hoffman as a mathematician who, with his wife, moves to the English countryside to escape the violent life of big city America, only to find trouble in his new home in the form of some sordid townsfolk. As you can imagine, bad things happen. Lots and lots of bad things.

The remake, by film critic turned writer/director Rod Lurie (THE LAST CASTLE), stars Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods, Dominic Purcell and Willa Holland. Marsden and Bosworth star as a married couple who return to the wife's hometown in Mississippi with so that her husband may finish a screenplay in the comforts of quiet, southern America. Skarsgard plays her ex-boyfriend, a once-great football star that uses the potential of his former love’s return as a way to regain some of his former recognition. From there, things get awkward and awkward I'm guessing turns into violence.

Lurie recently opened up about the remake, directly replying to early criticisms and fears from fans about the remake, specifically if it will reach the same level of violence and intensity that Peckinpah's original did. According to him, it will. Check out what he had to say after the break.

Fast forward to the middle of the interview for the portion concerning STRAW DOGS.


Rod Lurie Interview STRAW DOGS, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH - Watch the top videos of the week here

Source: Collider

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  • http://twitter.com/MeetInTheLobby Norm Schrager

    This continues to be bad news all around.

  • http://twitter.com/MeetInTheLobby Norm Schrager

    This continues to be bad news… like you said, James, “whether we asked for it or not.” I'll just watch Funny Games again.

  • marianneq

    I'm sorry, am I late to this news or something?……..they're remaking Straw Dogs?!

    Peckinpah's rolling in his grave!

    ok, when is the movie making machine going to learn – STOP REMAKING GREAT FILMS! it does NOT work nor should be allowed. get out a pen, a piece of paper and search in those tiny brains of yours and write something NEW!

    Ok, I need to go clean something or I'm going to have an absolute tantrum.

  • http://fleshlights.weebly.com/ Antonio Gaus

    I rather watch Tiger have a train wreck than seeing another grinder pull a one off win out of his hat. Can you really expect a Graeme McDowell or Louis Oosthuizen to win another major? And as bad as Tiger is playing, Phil Mickelson should have replaced him as the new Number 1 but Phil has somehow managed to play worse than Tiger.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZHKYYXZLGRME4D5V7HQPS2L5YI Jacob

    Lol. James Marsden in the Hoffman roll and instead of being a boring professor he’s a screenwriter. Talk about not getting it.

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