Paul Schrader Set to Direct “The Jesuit”

Paul Schrader Set to Direct “The Jesuit”

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Paul Schrader has been involved as screenwriter and director in some very interesting projects over the years. Having written Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, City Hall, Affliction and Bringing Out The Dead, he received acclaim for his work as director on Affliction and (a little more recently) Auto Focus.

Any new project of his should therefore be something to at least be interested in and hopefully in due course even get excited about. That new project seems to be “The Jesuit”, which Schrader has already scripted and is now set to direct as well for Maya Entertainment and Open Window Films.

ComingSoon have the synopsis as follows:-

In ‘The Jesuit’, a man comes out of prison in south Texas: ‘Neto’ wants only a new life, far removed from his violent past. Just when it seems he might regain his wife and ten-year old son, she is brutally murdered and the boy kidnapped. Neto must abandon his dream of happiness in an explosive return to methods that made him the most feared man in Texas, and earned him the nickname…the Jesuit.
Sounds like compelling stuff, although possibly not ground-breakingly original. The cast so far looks like including Willem Dafoe (Spider-man, Antichrist), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, SWAT, Machete), Paz Vega (Spanglish, Talk to Her) and Manolo Cardona (Beverley Hills Chihuahua(!)), with shooting due to kick off in March 2011.

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