In 2014, Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage made the crime drama “Dying of the Light,” but both figures later disowned the film after the studio denied Schrader final-cut privileges and re-edited the film without his permission. Now, the two have returned with a new film “Dog Eat Dog,” co-starring Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”) and Schrader himself, about a group of ex-cons who are hired by the Cleveland mafia to kidnap a rival mobster’s baby. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Best known for writing the screenplays for Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” Schrader tells IndieWire’s own Anne Thompson that he felt “free” making the film, especially with his crew of young, mostly first-time technicians. “When someone says, ‘Let’s think outside the box,’ they’re already inside the box,” Schrader says. “I wanted to collect people from what I called the post-rules generation, in their 20s. Our parents’ generation created rules, my generation broke the rules, Tarantino’s generation laughed at the rules. This new generation doesn’t even know there are rules. Those were the people I wanted. They came from commercials and video games and fashion and documentaries.”
“Dog Eat Dog” was the closing entry for the Director’s Fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It later screened at the Toronto Film Festival and the London Film Festival. It will open in New York and Los Angeles theaters on November 4, followed by a theatrical expansion and a VOD/Digital HD release on November 11.