By all accounts, Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage’s most recent collaboration turned out more favorably than their last. While “Dying of the Light” ended up being disavowed by both director and star after studio meddling, “Dog Eat Dog” closed this year’s edition of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, and Schrader has told Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson that he “got to make the film [he] wanted.” Update: the trailer has been removed.
Willem Dafoe co-stars in this adaptation of Eddie Bunker’s novel of the same name, a crime thriller that also marks Schrader’s first onscreen appearance after decades of writing and directing. “Once you were in,” Cage says in the trailer’s opening moments, “staying out was all but impossible.” What follows is a violent, darkly comic look at the one-last-heist movie that also features Louisa Krause, Omar Dorsey, John Patrick and Melissa Bolona.
Schrader first worked with Cage when he wrote the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead”; he also penned the director’s “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
“Dog Eat Dog” will reportedly announce its distribution plans at TIFF.