P.T. Anderson’s Religious Film Seeks Funding

“There Will Be Blood” and “Magnolia” writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is in talks with River Road Entertainment to lock down $35 million worth of financing on his new religion-based film says Deadline New York.

Set in the 1950’s, Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on.

Jeremy Renner is apparently circling the role of a twenty-something drifter who becomes the leader’s lieutenant and soon begins to question the belief system he has embraced.

Universal Pictures was attached to produce and distribute the feature but has dropped out. If River Road does come onboard, it’s quite possible that prestige indie distributor Apparition could release the film as Bill Pohlad owns River Road and co-founded Apparition.