F. Gary Gray Attached to New Mystery Thriller 'Hair of the Dog'
by Ethan Anderton
August 4, 2010
Previously there was talk about director F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) possibly directing the video game adaptation Kane & Lynch, but later reports indicated that it may not happen at all. In the meantime, Variety reports the director is now attached to helm the mystery thriller Hair of the Dog, which follows a successful executive who becomes the victim of a vicious blackmail scheme that could destroy his family. But he discovers he's just a pawn in the midst of a much darker agenda. Seems like standard fair for the guy who sent Gerard Butler on an insane revenge scheme in Law Abiding Citizen (which was good, but not great).
The screenplay comes from Kirsten Elms and while I'm hoping it has the intense action and violence from Law Abiding Citizen, hopefully the third act doesn't go all willy-nilly. As far as the title goes, it's interesting because it comes from a colloquial English expression often used to refer to alcohol that is consumed with the aim of lessening the effects of a hangover. I assume in this case it will refer to violence used to dull the consequences or lessen the impact of other violence. Sounds right up his alley. While Kane & Lynch would have been interesting, if he keeps making thrillers like this I'll be happy. I just hope he can get back to the quality of films like The Negotiator. Which if you haven't seen, it's time to toss it in the ole Netflix Queue.