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Lurie Barking for "Straw Dogs"

John Waters was recently quoted in 'Entertainment Weekly' as saying that good movies shouldn't get remade, only bad ones--in an effort to get it right. Surely then he will not be pleased to learn Rod Lurie has just signed on to direct a remake of the 1971 classic Sam Peckinpah film "Straw Dogs."

Based on a novel by Gordon Williams, the original starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as a young couple who relocate to rural England to escape rising violence in America. But all's not well that ends even worse (nothing more fun than mangling Shakespeare on a Sunday afternoon...) as the couple comes under increasingly vicious treatment from their new neighbors, and Hoffman's character is forced to react in kind.

Lurie, a former film critic, is probably best known to audiences for his forays into television--namely developing the series "Line of Fire" and "Commander in Chief." The script for the remake was written by Reed Steiner, who worked on "Line of Fire," and will reportedly take place in the United States this time around.

What? Then where does the irony go?

Source: Reuters.

Posted by on April 1, 2007 7:40 PM
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*snort* STOOOOPID! *snort*

-- Posted by: Donald at April 2, 2007 9:29 AM

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