Nicolas Cage. Willem Dafoe. Paul Schrader. Together, on the big screen, as God and nature intended. The trio have teamed up for Schrader’s latest crime thriller, a heist-centric feature called “Dog Eat Dog” that, by all accounts, is as wild a film as one could hope for. The film debuted as the Closing Night feature of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, and is now cruising towards its theatrical rollout.
The film is an adaptation of Eddie Bunker’s novel of the same name, a crime thriller that marks Schrader’s own return to the other side of the camera after decades of writing and directing. The film is a violent, darkly comic look at the one-last-heist movie trope that also includes the talents of Louisa Krause, Omar Dorsey, John Patrick and Melissa Bolona. The film reunites Schrader and Cage, who most recently went through one hell of a Hollywood nightmare with their disavowed feature “Dying of the Light.”
At Cannes this year, Schrader told our Anne Thompson, “I got to make the film I wanted. This all began with ‘Dying of the Light.’ That film was taken away from me and essentially recut and dumped. Both Nic and I disowned it. It was very traumatic for me. I thought it might be my last film and end my career in ignominy. It was an insult.”
“Dog Eat Dog” will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 4, with a theatrical expansion, VOD and Digital HD on November 11. Check out our exclusive trailer and poster below.