Paramount Home Video has made its second solid deal at the Sundance Film Festival, acquiring worldwide rights to Goat, the Andrew Neel-directed pic about frat hazing. The pic, which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition in Park City, features breakout performances from Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas. We’re hearing the deal was for $2.5 million.
Similar to Paramount Home Video’s $2M buy of The Intervention yesterday, Goat will get a day-and-date VOD release and Viacom sibling MTV will get the first TV window. There will be a separate partner to handle the theatrical rollout. CAA made the deal.
Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts wrote the script based on Brad Land’s memoir. The plot centers on a 19-year-old reeling from a terrifying assault who enrolls in the same college as his brother and pledges his fraternity. As the hazing escalates in the name of “brotherhood,” his loyalty to his real brother is tested.
Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, James Franco and Vince Jolivette are producers, and Robert Halmi Jr., John Wells and Jim Reeve are executive producers.