James Marsden (The Box) will star in Sony Screen Gems’ reimagining of the 1971 thriller Straw Dogs currently being written and directed by Rod Lurie. The new “Straw Dogs” follows Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden), who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation. The original, co-written and directed by Sam Peckinpah, saw Dustin Hoffman in the role of Sumner, with the story set in rural England. Both films are based on the book “The Siege at Trencher’s Farm” by Gordon Williams.