Overture Films has announced its acquisition of “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” Grant Heslov’s ensemble comedy starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Clooney produced the film with Heslov, his co-writer on “Good Night, and Good Luck.”
“Goats” is based on the true events described in Jon Ronson’s 2004 book of the same title. As described by Overture: “A down-on-his-luck reporter (McGregor) 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.” Screenwriter Peter Straughan (How to Lose Friends & Alienate People) adapted the story from Ronson’s novel.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The film began principal photography on the project in October 2008 and wrapped in January 2009. Overture did not announce a release date for the film, though Fall 2009 seems like a reasonable suggestion.