Cannes: Arclight Films Pacts with Pure Dopamine on Nicolas Cage-starrer 'Dog Eat Dog'

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Paul Schrader to direct film adaptation of Eddie Bunker's book.

Arclight Films and Pure Dopamine have announced the market premiere of the gritty contemporary noir Dog Eat Dog at Cannes, with Raging Bull and Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader at the helm and starring Nicolas Cage.

"Dog Eat Dog has all the elements of a global commercial hit and the team to make it happen. We’re excited to introduce the film to buyers for the first time in Cannes," said Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films, which is handling international sales.

Producers are Mark Earl Burman and David Hillary of Pure Dopamine, while Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Tim Peternel, Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield executive produce.

The project is written by Matt Wilder and Schrader.

Cage is repped by CAA and at Link Entertainment. Schrader is repped by Parseghian Planco, and Jeff Berg at Resolution. Dog Eat Dog starts production in October of this year.

The movie tells of a trio of ex-cons, deep in the underbelly of Los Angeles, who are hired for a kidnapping. When the botched abduction goes awry and gets out of control, the cons find themselves on the run, vowing to stay out of prison at all costs.

Schrader said Bunker was "the crime writer's crime writer."

"He's in the pantheon and one of the main people who define modern crime writing … he lived the life and lived to tell the story. Dog Eat Dog is Bunker at his best," said Schrader.

Movie Packaging Co. is handling additional sales.