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Paul Schrader Reteams With Nicolas Cage For ‘Dog Eat Dog’ And Gets Final Cut

Paul Schrader Reteams With Nicolas Cage For 'Dog Eat Dog' And Gets Final Cut

Taken away from Paul Schrader, and recut, scored and mixed without any of his involvement, the final product of last year’s “The Dying Of The Light” with Nicolas Cage was a total mess (though I’m not quite convinced a director’s cut would fix any of the film’s issues). But the filmmaker and actor are giving it a second kick at the can, with Schrader being given the authority of having final cut.

READ MORE: Paul Schrader Talks “Bad People” Behind ‘Dying Of The Light,’ Says Push For 35MM Projection Is “Claptrap”

Deadline reports that the duo will reteam for “Dog Eat Dog.” Based on the crime novel by Eddie Bunker, Scrader will co-write the script with Matt Wilder about a trio of ex-cons who are hired for a kidnapping that goes out of control. Here’s the book synopsis: 

Dog Eat Dog, Bunker’s fourth novel, follows Troy Cameron, a reformatory graduate like Bunker. A terrifying and brutal narrative, the novel tracks his lawless spree in the company of two other reform school alumni, Diesel Carson and Mad Dog Cain. Dog Eat Dog is a novel of excruciating authenticity, with great moral and social resonance, and it could only have been written by Edward Bunker, who has been there.
Production will begin in October, and we’ll see if this can be the dream matchup between Schrader and Cage that was promised for ‘Dying.’ Certainly, it can’t get much worse.

AND THIS TIME I HAVE FINAL CUT. After the debacle of “Dying of the Light,” a film I wrote and directed which Nic starred…

Posted by Paul Schrader on Saturday, May 16, 2015

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