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RLJ Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Matthew Cook.

Paul Schrader directed from a script by Matthew Wilder, based on the novel by Edward Bunker.  The film first premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival as the closing night title in the Directors’ Fortnight and will have its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

RLJ plans a November release in theaters and on demand. The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward on behalf of RLJ Entertainment and Mark Earl Burman of ADME on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Dog Eat Dog” focuses on a trio of ex-cons who botch a kidnapping, get on the wrong side of the mob and become the city’s most wanted fugitives.

The film is produced by Mark Earl Burman, Gary Hamilton, Brian Beckmann and David Hillary and is executive produced by Jeremy Rosen, Jeff Caperton, Barney Burman, Ray Mansfield, Shaun Redick, Donald Rivers, Michael McClung, and Tim Peternel. Jeanne Fields acted as executor of the Edward Bunker estate.

Scrader’s writing credits include “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” His directing credits include “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Cat People,” “Auto Focus” and “The Canyons.”

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