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07.15.2009

I really don't think the world needs a remake of Sam Peckinpah's raw rural thriller STRAW DOGS, but necessity is rarely the driving force behind Hollywood decisions...

At least the update is getting an interesting cast. James Marsden looks like he'll finally get more deserved dramatic work as a Hollywood screenwriter (...) who travels with his wife to her hometown for a bit of seclusion, only to find himself dealing with rape and terror. Bad vacation, yeah.

Now joining Marsden are actress/RealDoll Kate Bosworth, and Alexander Skarsgard (Stellan's awesome son) of HBO's "Generation Kill" and "True Blood". One of them plays the wife, the other not.

The shocking 1971 original starred Dustin Hoffman as a scientist who moves to a quiet area in England with his British wife (Susan George) to get away from the violence of America, only to find himself savagely mixing it up with some nasty locals.

The update is being directed by Rod Lurie (DETERRENCE, RESURRECTING THE CHAMP), a former film critic who should honestly know better than to touch something like this. But I guess a job is a job...

Extra Tidbit: Skarsgard played one of Derek's ill-fated model buddies in ZOOLANDER. R.I.P., Meekus.
Source: Variety

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3:20AM on 07/18/2009
Well, I'm torn. The original was brilliant, but not a lot of people know it in this generation, or even a few previous generations. It's one of my all time favorite films, so a remake, if updated and done right, could be great, or it could fail miserably.

I wonder how many people in the general public would even know that it's a remake?? The remakes I don't mind are the ones where no one even realizes it was a remake. Those seem to be justified.

However, not sure if remaking this is a
Well, I'm torn. The original was brilliant, but not a lot of people know it in this generation, or even a few previous generations. It's one of my all time favorite films, so a remake, if updated and done right, could be great, or it could fail miserably.

I wonder how many people in the general public would even know that it's a remake?? The remakes I don't mind are the ones where no one even realizes it was a remake. Those seem to be justified.

However, not sure if remaking this is a smart move. The rape scene in the original got a TON of publicity for the movie, and it seems in this day in age, rape isn't even all that big a deal.

The cast seems fine. I'm even okay with Kate Bosworth, but she still looks way to young for me to be playing anything above her real age. Not sure.

I do agree with Big Bri though. Pechinpah was excellent, and not sure if this dude can do it justice...
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12:12PM on 07/17/2009
I do not have a problem with remakes. However, anyone who thinks this movie could possibly do justice to the original is sadly mistaken. Directors like Peckinpah do not exist anymore. I am not saying that great and challenging directors do not exist because of course they do. But Peckinpah was unique. The original went places that no contemporary film could with a level of artistry rarely seen. This remake on the other hand will simply recycle the plot without the daring and artistry of the
I do not have a problem with remakes. However, anyone who thinks this movie could possibly do justice to the original is sadly mistaken. Directors like Peckinpah do not exist anymore. I am not saying that great and challenging directors do not exist because of course they do. But Peckinpah was unique. The original went places that no contemporary film could with a level of artistry rarely seen. This remake on the other hand will simply recycle the plot without the daring and artistry of the original. Boo to you sir! Boo!
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10:00PM on 07/16/2009

R.I.P. Meekus

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12:42PM on 07/16/2009
Anyone working on this film...if you're reading this...Fuck you.
Anyone working on this film...if you're reading this...Fuck you.
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5:30AM on 07/16/2009
marsdens casting is a huge wtf for me.
marsdens casting is a huge wtf for me.
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5:04AM on 07/16/2009

Uhh luke...

I believe that was Michael Mann that did The Insider.

Yeah, Lurie's a good director for SD. I still think The Contender (2000, 8/10) and The Last Castle (2001, 7/10) are two of the most underrated films of the years they were released in.
I believe that was Michael Mann that did The Insider.

Yeah, Lurie's a good director for SD. I still think The Contender (2000, 8/10) and The Last Castle (2001, 7/10) are two of the most underrated films of the years they were released in.
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4:14AM on 07/16/2009
Rod Lurie's an awesome director, and hasn't really made any "just for the money" films yet. Personally, I think you listed off his two worst films. This is also the guy who directed The Insider and Noting But The Truth. I agree that we don't need a remake, but I'm glad they at least got a talented director to do it.
Rod Lurie's an awesome director, and hasn't really made any "just for the money" films yet. Personally, I think you listed off his two worst films. This is also the guy who directed The Insider and Noting But The Truth. I agree that we don't need a remake, but I'm glad they at least got a talented director to do it.
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3:22AM on 07/16/2009
I can't stand Bosworth, she isn't a very good actress imo, that role needs a stronger performer.
I can't stand Bosworth, she isn't a very good actress imo, that role needs a stronger performer.
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2:53AM on 07/16/2009
The cast is shaping up nicely even though I would have prefered no remake. Oh well.
The cast is shaping up nicely even though I would have prefered no remake. Oh well.
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11:51PM on 07/15/2009
Rod Lurie sucks. He always makes his movies political but he has barely any depth of insight. Peckinpah was a god. This will suck.
Rod Lurie sucks. He always makes his movies political but he has barely any depth of insight. Peckinpah was a god. This will suck.
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