The big screen rendition of Brad Land’s book Goat: A Memoir has been around for a while. David Gordon Green penned the initial draft of the script and also planned to direct it as well, but in 2008, he passed directorial duties over to Mud’s Jeff Nichols. However, now it’s being reported that the film is finally moving forward and that Andrew Neel (King Kelly), not Nichols, will direct it.
James Franco is also on board to produce the film, which follows the story of a 19-year-old boy recovering from a vicious assault who pledges a fraternity with his brother and faces brutal challenges to prove his loyalty to the brotherhood. Hit the jump for more on Goat.
As reported by The Wrap, Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce via Rabbit Bandini while Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa step in for Killer Films. Neel and Mike Roberts made some revisions to Green’s script, but The Wrap insists that Green’s original draft was “an incredibly moving and powerful story.”
There’s no word on when the film will go into production, but the project does sound promising so hopefully Franco and co. get it going soon enough.
Here’s the synopsis of Land’s Goat: A Memoir from Amazon:
Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land must also contend with unsympathetic local police, parents who can barely discuss “the incident” (as they call it), a brother riddled with guilt but unable to slow down enough for Brad to keep up, and the feeling that he’ll never be normal again. When Brad’s brother enrolls at Clemson University and pledges a fraternity, Brad believes he’s being left behind once and for all. Desperate to belong, he follows. What happens there—in the name of “brotherhood,” and with the supposed goal of forging a scholar and a gentleman from the raw materials of boyhood—involves torturous late-night hazing, heartbreaking estrangement from his brother, and, finally, the death of a fellow pledge. Ultimately, Brad must weigh total alienation from his newfound community against accepting a form of brutality he already knows too well.
A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, Goat provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.