A lot of directors have a difficult time when it comes to the dreaded MPAA, but not Dave Meyers, Director of Rogue Pictures and Platinum Dunes’ The Hitcher (set report) remake, which hits theaters everywhere January 19th. This past weekend B-D reporter Loomis7 chatted with the director about the film and how much was cut because of the MPAA, read on for the story. The Hitcher stars Sophia Bush, Sean Bean, Zach Knighton and Neal McDonough.
We had a great experience with the MPAA,” Director Dave Meyers tells Bloody-Disgusting after being asked about how much was cut from the film because of the MPAA, “Most of what was cut was cut from the script, BEFORE we filmed it, which kept the budget low. We did however shoot five versions of the motel scene, we shot it so many times that Sean [Bean] might be mad at me (laughs). That will be on the DVD. Spoiler Warning: We also had two endings, but Sean dies in both. It’s just HOW he dies that’s different.”
From filmmaker Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company (producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror) comes The Hitcher, an update of the 1986 film of the same name.
Dave Meyers makes his feature directorial debut on the new thriller, which tracks the terrifying trajectory of Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) and Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton), a collegiate couple who are tormented by the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Sean Bean).
The young couple hit the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break. But their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare. The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow them.
The open road becomes a suspenseful, action-packed battleground of blood and metal as, in trying to elude not only Ryder but also New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge’s (Neal McDonough) officers, Grace and Jim must fight for their lives and face their fears head-on.