Two days after acquiring Sean Penn’s The Last Face, Saban Films has now picked up U.S. distribution rights to Jonathan Mostow’s The Hunter’s Prayer starring Sam Worthington and newcomer Odeya Rush (The Giver, Goosebumps). The action thriller, which was directed by Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

The Hunter’s Prayer follows a solitary assassin (Worthington) hired to kill a young woman (Rush) who is unaware that her family’s questionable business dealings have cost them their lives. However, when he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger, the two form a bond and escape across Europe together, hunted by those responsible for her family’s murder.

The film is based on the critically acclaimed Kevin Wignall novel For the Dogs and then adapted for the big screen by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (The Game).

Hunter’s Prayer was produced by Navid McIlhargey for Vandal Entertainment and Anthony Rhulen for Film Engine, Chris Milburn for Midsummer Films, John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz and Worthington for Full Clip; Tove Christensen and Michael Wexler for Maple Leaf Films; Juan Garcia Peredo for Elipsis Capital, and Jimmy Costas, Paul Rock and Paul Leyden.

Executive producers include Gavin Poolman from Apollo Media and Duncan Reid for the Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, and Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync Productions, IIdiko Kemeny, David Minkowski, Jack L. Murray.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films. WME Global co-repped U.S. rights with CAA, and handling international rights with Sierra/Affinity.