Lurie dons 'Straw' hat for remake


Rod Lurie is on board to direct a remake of the 1971 thriller "Straw Dogs" for Screen Gems. "The Shield" scribe Reed Steiner is penning the screenplay.

Screen Gems is in the process of acquiring the rights to the Dustin Hoffman starrer, which originally was produced by ABC Pictures Corp.

The original, directed by Sam Peckinpah, revolved around a young American and his English wife who move to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. Plot details for the remake are being kept under wraps, but sources said it will take place in the U.S.

Lurie's producing partner Marc Frydman will produce.

Lurie's film credits include the political thriller "The Contender." He is in postproduction on the Samuel L. Jackson starrer "Resurrecting the Champ." He also is the creator of ABC's "Commander in Chief."

Lurie is repped by WMA and attorney Peter Nelson.

Steiner, whose writing credits include ABC's "Line of Fire," also was a co-executive producer on "Shield."

He is repped by APA and attorney Gregg Gellman.