Ethan Hawke will star in Satanic cult mystery Regression for writer/director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), which has just secured distribution from The Weinstein Company.
The details of Amenábar’s script had been kept quite closely hidden, but Deadline revealed that is it is “set in 1980 in a small Minnesota town where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals and even babies, for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in from all around the country – they believe they’ve uncovered a national and possibly supernatural conspiracy. Is the abuse real, or something else?”
The Weinsteins previously distributed Amenábar’s wonderful ghost story The Others. Shooting on Regression begins in the spring.