Peckinpah’s original “Dogs” is the tale of a timid college professor named David (Dustin Hoffman) who relocates to his wife’s native town of Cornwall. The distant intellectual immediately alienates the local workmen, who take a fancy to his wife Amy, who is herself feeling neglected by her husband. Tension builds between the couple, and between Amy and the workmen (one of whom is her ex-lover), eventually erupting into savage, horrific violence. “Dogs” was extremely controversial when it was released in 1971, and it remains a film of fierce debate.
Rod Lurie has “updated” the story to focus on a Hollywood screenwriter (Marsden) who relocates with his wife (Bosworth) to her small town home in Mississippi. She left the South to become an actress, but they return to there so that Marsden can work on his script in peace. Skarsgard will play Charlie, Bosworth’s former boyfriend and high school football hero, who decides that rekindling their romance is the way to reclaim his glory days. While the basic triangle of tension is the same, the remake is quite a departure from Peckinpah’s original, which exploited class tension and the nature of violence.
Shooting is set to begin in Louisiana this August, and the film will hit theaters on August 13, 2010. Be warned “True Blood” and “Enchanted” fans: if the violence in this film is anything like the original, you’ll never look at Eric Northman or Edward the same way again.
How do you feel about Rod Lurie’s remake? Should “Straw Dogs” be left alone? Or do you want to see what this cast and crew can do with a new version of the story?