James Franco to Produce David Gordon Green's Frat Comedy 'Goat'
The machine that is James Franco is showing no signs of slowing down at all. He's been writing, directing, acting, producing and doing all sorts of other artistic stuff. His documentary about "Saturday Night Live" just hit Hulu Plus, he's writing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's 2008 novel Rant and will be seen in Gus Van Sant's drama Michael sometime down the road. Now The Wrap reports he's lined up another project, this time as producer, by helping get the gestating adaptation of Brad Land's memoir Goat about a 19 year old boy who enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity, but it's not easy. Read on!
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, 19-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.
David Gordon Green was tapped to direct the adaptation of Goat previously, and Emile Hirsch was even attached to star, but the project was handed off to Jeff Nichols (Mud) in 2008. Now it's Andrew Neel (Darkon, King Kelly) at the helm of the film with the script still originally written by David Gordon Green, with revisions by Neel himself along with Mike Roberts. This doesn't sound like your average fraternity brother comedy, as there seems to be a fair amount of drama with the hazing shenanigans. With a script from David Gordon Green, I'm rather interested to see how this turns out. Stay tuned to see who will star.