Sweet Virginia director Jamie M. Dagg has been set to helm The Importance of Blood, a dark thriller that will be financed and produced by Sculptor Media along with Circle of Confusion.

The pic based on James Breen’s screenplay, which made the 2012 Blood List, centers on a mysterious young woman named Rose who returns to her hometown years after disappearing to seek reconciliation with her estranged family. In doing so, she threatens her relationship with Malcolm, a caring but manipulative man who harbors dangerous secrets of his own. Casting is underway.

Sculptor founders Warren Goz and Eric Gold are producing with Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Matt Smith, and Chris Armogida. James Masciello, principal of the private equity firm Raven Capital which provides financing to Sculptor, will executive produce.

Dagg’s first feature film River premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. His follow-up Sweet Virginia, a neo-Western starring Jon Bernthal, Rosemarie DeWitt, Imogen Poots and Christopher Abbott, bowed last year at Tribeca and was released by IFC Films.

Dagg is repped by WME, Grandview, and attorney Cuffe Owens. Breen is with by Gersh, Dobre Films and Debbie Von Arx.