NEW YORK — Killer Films has optioned rights to develop a feature from debuting author Brad Land’s “Goat,” the shocking memoir of masculinity, violence, brotherhood and fraternity hazing published last month to considerable attention.
Killer principal Christine Vachon bought the memoir soon after it hit stores. She read the book during a flight to Los Angeles and began setting the wheels in motion to acquire rights within hours of arrival. Vachon contacted Land directly and sold him on her ideas for the project.
Published by Random House and excerpted in GQ magazine, “Goat” chronicles Land’s experience as a psychologically shattered 19-year-old struggling to bounce back from a brutal attack.
In a desperate attempt to belong, he followed his younger brother to pledge a fraternity at Clemson U., where the barbaric humiliation and intimidation rituals of latenight hazing tested the already fragile bond between the brothers and led to the death of a fellow pledge before prompting the author to walk away and reclaim himself.
“This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between strength and masculinity; of being masculine without being macho and violent,” said Killer producer Jocelyn Hayes, who will oversee development of the project. Film rights were optioned at auction last week. Killer Films will produce; exec producer will be John Wells, whose company finances the Gotham-based indie shingle. Vachon will be meeting with potential writers and directors on the project in the coming weeks.