Overture Films announced today its acquisition of The Men Who Stare at Goats. The Smokehouse production stars Oscar-winner George Clooney (Syriana) and is directed by Oscar-nominee Grant Heslov (producer and co-writer of Good Night, And Good Luck). The comedy ensemble is rounded out by Golden Globe-nominee Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) and Oscar-nominee Jeff Bridges (The Contender). 'Goats' is produced by Clooney, Heslov and Paul Lister. Barbara A. Hall serves as executive producer.
Based on true events described in Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title, 'Goats' involves a down-on-his-luck reporter (McGregor) who gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent (Clooney) who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to use paranormal powers to end war as we know it.
"George chooses the most unique and thought-provoking projects of any leading actor today and 'Goats' is no exception," said Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett. "It is no surprise that the tremendous ensemble Grant assembled for this picture has resulted in a hilarious and intelligent film that we think will captivate audiences."
Clooney and Heslov's Smokehouse began principal photography on the project in October 2008 and wrapped in January 2009. Winchester Capital co-financed the film with BBC Films contributing to the financing of development. Creative Artists Agency packaged the film and brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screenwriter Peter Straughan (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) adapted the story from Ronson's novel.
Overture Films currently has the Big Beach Films specialty hit Sunshine Cleaning in theaters, starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin. It will next release Sundance award-winner Paper Heart, starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, on August 7.