Despite their previous collaboration on “The Cold Dying of the Light” being the subject of such studio interference that both effectively disowned the film, actor Nicolas Cage and director Paul Schrader are ready to team once again on the darkly comedic crime thriller “Dog Eat Dog”.
Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, the story follows three desperate ex cons offered a job by a Mexican mob boss to kidnap the kid of a colleague ripping him off. But the abduction goes awry when the kidnappers are forced to kill an unexpected intruder – the child’s father whom the mob boss intended to extort. Now they’re the most wanted fugitives in Los Angeles.
Willem Dafoe is also onboard – having worked with Schrader on “Auto Focus” and Cage on “Wild at Heart”. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews that were most positive than much of Schrader’s other recent output. No U.S. distributor has yet been set.