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F. Gary Gray Attached to New Mystery Thriller 'Hair of the Dog'

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August 4, 2010

F. Gary Gray

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.

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  • Eli
    Why do you need it to be violent? His movies are okay to me. Italian Job is still my favorite of his. This doesn't sound bad and sounds along the lines of lac. We'll have to see.
  • Eli
    Okay well, I just watched Law Abiding Citizen. Not the greatest movie but certainly not bad. The acting was up to par, but there were times when it just didn't make sense at all. I don't wanna spoil it but the ending was a little cheesy. And how could they have not figured out he brought the empty building next to the prision early on? The story fell a little flat as does all of gray's movies. Still, he knows how to get the audience's attention.
  • weetiger3
    The Negotiator is a personal favorite of mine. It didn't get the respect it deserved when it was released, but seems to have gotten a 2nd life on cable television. It's still one of those films I have to stop and watch whenever it's on. While Sam Jackson basically yelled through the whole thing, Kevin Spacey's Chris Sabian, imho is right up there with Jack Vincennes and Verbal Kint. The supporting cast is first rate all the way through as well. (I was disappointed when Frank Darabont dropped out and) THAT'S what I thought we were gonna get when I heard F. Gary Gray had signed on to Law Abiding Citizen, and what I, too, hope we get with Hair of the Dog.

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