Action film The Jesuit gets a producer and Paul Schrader to direct

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Maya Entertainment and Open Window Films have teamed up to acquired The Jesuit, an action drama written and to be directed by Golden Globe nominee Paul Schrader, director of American Gigolo and Afliction & writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Production is scheduled to start in early March of 2011, with Michelle Rodriguez, Willem Dafoe, Paz Vega and Manolo Cardona set to star in the film.

In The Jesuit, a man named “Neto” is released from prison in South Texas, wanting 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 abandons his dream of happiness with an explosive return to methods that made him the most feared man in Texas, and earned him the nickname “The Jesuit”.

The Jesuit will be produced by John Morrissey (American History X), Santiago Garcia Galvan (Under the same Moon) and Alex Garcia (The Burning Plane), and was acquired on behalf of Maya Entertainment by company president, Jose Martinez, Jr. and head of production Sergio Aguero (Quarantine), who will Executive Produce.