Toronto: A24 Picks up Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”


Toronto International Festival

’s new thriller is being considered quite a comeback for the filmmaker famous for writing Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, as well as directing American Gigolo, Affliction, Cat People and dozens of other films. has just announced that they will distribute Schrader’s new film in the U.S. sometime in 2018.

Schrader’s film, which premiered at the Venice Festival earlier this month, stars Ethan Hawke as Ernst Toller, a Reverend living in upstate , who is approached by the pregnant Mary (Amanda Seyfried) to help her contend with an unstable radical activist husband. She gets Toller involved in a scenario that drives him to increasingly dangerous and shocking behavior.

“I have been watching ’s inspirational progress and am excited for my film to join their company,” Shrader said in the official announcement.

The film is produced by Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, and Deepak Sikka. The companies involved are Killer Films, Fibonacci Films, Omeira Studio Partners, and Arclight Films, the latter who is handling the international rights to the film with CAA co-repping North America.

  | East Coast Editor

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