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