Thursday, October 29, 2015


Willem Dafoe Joins Nicolas Cage

In Pure Dopamine and Arclight Films’ Gritty Crime-Thriller 


Edgy Contemporary Crime-Thriller Directed by Paul Schrader 

Rounds Out Cast and Moves into Production 

LOS ANGELES (October 29, 2015) -- Arclight Films and Pure Dopamine are pleased to announce the addition of Willem Dafoe (SPIDERMAN trilogy, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) to the gritty crime-thriller, DOG EAT DOG, based on the award-winning book of the same name by celebrated author Eddie Bunker. Production has just begun on the film, directed by two-time Golden Globe and Palme d’Or nominee and WGA Laurel Award-winner Paul Schrader (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER, AFFLICTED).  Dafoe joins Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner Nicolas Cage, who, together, claim worldwide aggregate box office earnings near the $7 Billion mark.

Writers are Matt Wilder and Paul Schrader.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the immensely talented Willem Dafoe, who bolsters the cast and joins the list of cinema legends involved in DOG EAT DOG like Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage.” Said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films and an executive producer on the project. “The talent in front of and behind the camera in DOG EAT DOG ensure a solid, commercially viable final product that will enthrall audiences all over the world.”

DOG EAT DOG is a gritty contemporary crime thriller about 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 completely out of control, the cons find themselves on the run, vowing to stay out of prison at all costs.

Producer is Mark Earl Burman of Pure Dopamine. Executive Producers are Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Tim Peternel, Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield. 

“The addition of Willem Dafoe to DOG EAT DOG perfectly rounds out the cast and adds a brilliant mix of dark comedy and truthful raw acting that only Mr. Dafoe can bring to the table. We’re thrilled to be working with him and look forward to brining more hard charging dramatic action features to the marketplace.” Said Burman. 

Arclight Films is handling international sales.

Cage is repped by CAA and at Link Entertainment. Dafoe is repped by Frank Fratteroli of Circle of Confusion and CAA. Schrader is repped by Parseghian Planco, and Jeff Berg at Resolution. 
Edward Bunker and his Estate are represented by Jeanne Field at Windfall Management. 

About Arclight Films

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK, action thriller BAIT 3D and a current slate that includes WOLF CREEK 2, and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE.


The latest additions to Easternlight include SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL starring Li Bingbing, OUTCAST starring Nicholas Cage, SPECIAL ID starring Donnie Yen, BADGES OF FURY starring Jet Li and Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection and Toronto International Film Festival Gala Selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS starring Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong Gun.


Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke now in release through Sony Pictures, LAST KNIGHTS starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, RECLAIM starring John Cusack, now in release through Lions Gate, and Australian Blockbuster PAPER PLANES starring Sam Worthington.