(Their last collaboration “Dying of the Light” was taken over and edited by the distributor.) Arclight Films and Pure Dopamine made the announcement Saturday at Cannes. “Dog Eat Dog” will start production in L.A. in October.
Schrader (“Light Sleeper”) and Matt Wilder are adapting the contemporary thriller novel “Dog Eat Dog” by Eddie Bunker, about
three ex-cons from the underbelly of L.A. who are hired for a kidnapping. When the abduction is botched they go on the run, vowing to stay out of prison.
“Ed Bunker is the crime writer’s crime writer. He’s in the pantheon and one of the main people who define modern crime writing,” said Schrader. “He lived the life and lived to tell the story. ‘Dog Eat Dog’ is Bunker at his best.”
Producers are Mark Earl Burman and David Hillary of Pure Dopamine. Executive Producers are Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Tim Peternel, Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield. Arclight Films is handling international sales in Cannes. Movie Packaging Co is handling additional sales.