The long gestating adaptation of Brad Land's acclaimed fraternity memoir Goat is finally moving forward with producer James Franco.

Andrew Neel is directing the drama for Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions. Acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green wrote the initial draft of the screenplay. Andrew Neel himself has made revisions alongside Mike Roberts. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa are producing alongside James Franco and Vince Jolivette. John Wells will executive produce.

The story follows a 19-year-old boy still reeling from a deadly assault. He enters college and pledges the same frat as his brother. The things that soon transpire in the name of 'brotherhood' test the young man and his loyalty to his sibling in a very brutal way.

David Gordon Green was original set to direct, but passed the movie off to Mud director Jeff Nichols in 2008. The screenplay has reportedly changed a lot since that time, but it remains an 'incredibly moving and powerful story that takes aim at ritual hazing'.

Andrew Neel is best known for his LARPing documentary Darkon. He also received acclaim for his 2012 indie King Kelly, and served as producer on the 2014 drama Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.

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