Willem Dafoe has been tapped for the Nicolas Cage-led thriller DOG EAT DOG, which recently began production in Cleveland. Paul Schrader, who notably co-wrote several of Martin Scorsese’s classics, is directing from a script he co-penned with Matt Wilder.
Based on the book of the same name by Eddie Bunker, Dog Eat Dog follows a trio of ex-cons deep in the underbelly of LA, who are hired for a kidnapping job. When the job goes awry, the situation spirals out of control and sends the trio on the run.
Mark Earl Burman produces via Pure Dopamine, while Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Ray Mansfield, Shaun Redick, and Tim Peternel executive produce. Arclight Films is overseeing international sales at the American Film Market after the producers introduced the project at Cannes.
Dafoe most recently appeared in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fault in our Stars, A Most Wanted Man, and John Wick. He just wrapped on Universal’s fantasy adventure The Great Wall and is currently shooting the sci-fi/thriller What Happened to Monday?
Clark Allen | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Variety.