The remake of Sam Peckipah’s 1971 psychological thriller Straw Dogs will be hitting our screens this October. Instead of Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in the lead roles, we’ve got James Marsden and Kate Bosworth and instead of the rural village in Cornwall, the setting has now changed to a small town in the deep South.
Marsden will star as a Hollywood screenwriter and Bosworth his actress wife who return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård), leading to a violent confrontation.
The original sparked controversy for its violence and brutal rape scene for which writer and director Peckinpah was heavily criticised. Judging by the trailer, the remake looks to be similarly grim.