Sony Screen Gems have released character posters for Rod Lurie’s upcoming remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic psychological thriller Straw Dogs. [In turn the screenplay by Peckinpah & David Zelag Goodman is based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm by Gordon Williams.] The remake stars James Marsden & Kate Bosworth as a happily married couple who decide to move to the South, Marsden plays L.A. screenwriter David Sumner who decides to relocate to his wife's hometown. Tensions rise between them, over a brewing conflict with the locals. Straw Dogs also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Dominic Purcell, Laz Alonso, Walton Goggins & James Woods. The movie hits theaters September 16th. The original movie is actually coming to Blu-ray this September 6th. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Synopsis: "David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, 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 Skarsgard), leading to a violent confrontation."
The concept of the 'Straw dog' originates in ancient China where they were used as ceremonial objects. The classical Chinese text Tao Te Ching opens with the lines "Heaven and Earth are heartless, treating creatures like straw dogs". Su Ch'e comments "Heaven and Earth are not partial. They do not kill living things out of cruelty or give them birth out of kindness. We do the same when we make straw dogs to use in sacrifices. We dress them up and put them on the altar, but not because we love them. And when the ceremony is over, we throw them into the street, but not because we hate them." Check out the trailer below.