Paul Schrader isn’t going gently into that good night. The Taxi Driver scribe and veteran director has found a way to address losing control over his latest film, the Nicolas Cage thriller Dying of the Light, which he says has been taken away from him ahead of its December 5 debut just two months after Lionsgate Home Entertainment acquired the film.
“We lost the battle,” Schrader wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Dying of the Light, a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me, redited, scored and mixed without my imput [sic]. Yesterday Grindstone (a division of Lionsgate) released the poster and the trailer. They are available on line.”
Schrader famously lost a similar battle in 2003 when Morgan Creek Pictures and WB hired Renny Harlin to re-direct his Exorcist prequel The Exorcist: Dominion. His cut of the film was eventually released after Harlin’s version bombed, to slightly better reviews.
This time around, Schrader is using social media to stage a silent protest. Along with the Facebook missive, he posted photos of himself with Cage, co-star Anton Yelchin, and executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn wearing “non-disparagement” t-shirts bearing the contract clause that prevents Schrader from speaking out publicly.
“Here we are, Nick Cage, Anton Yelchin, Nic Refn and myself, wearing our ‘non-disparagement’ T shirts,” he wrote. “The non-disparagement clause in an artist’s contract gives the owners of the film the right to sue the artist should the owner deem anything the artist has said about the film to be ‘derogatory.’ I have no comment on the film or others connected with the picture.”