Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution and Acquisitions and The Film Arcade announced today that Andrew Neel’s Sundance sensation GOAT will be released theatrically on September 23rd, as well as on Digital and On Demand. The Film Arcade will handle theatrical distribution in New York, Los Angeles and additional markets across the U.S. The critically acclaimed drama, which stars actor-musician Nick Jonas (“Kingdom” on Starz), Ben Schnetzer (PRIDE, THE BOOK THIEF) and James Franco (127 HOURS), is produced by Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini.
Based on Brad Land’s memoir, GOAT follows a 19-year-old Brad (Schnetzer), newly arrived to college and desperate to belong. Taking a cue from his older brother Brett (Jonas), Brad decides to pledge a fraternity. At first, it’s all parties and girls. But as Brad enters into the final stretch of the pledging ritual—known as “hell week,”—things take a violent, humiliating turn. What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways.
“Brutal and harrowing as it is, there is something deeply sympathetic and sorrowful at work in director Andrew Neel’s frat hazing drama GOAT,” wrote Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson in his review of the film following its world debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Similarly, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised GOAT for its “unflinching realism,” while Anthony Kaufman of Screen Daily commended the “breakout performances by Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas.”
Great Point Media presents a Killer Films/Battle Mountain Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions production, produced in association with Fresh Jade Limited: “GOAT.” Starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking and James Franco. Casting by Susan Shopmaker. Costume designer Sarah Mae Burton. Composer Arian Miranda. Editor Brad Turner. Production designer Akin McKenzie. Director of photography Ethan Palmer. Co-producer Karri O’Reilly. Executive producers Jim Reeve, Robert Halmi, Jr., and John Wells. Produced by James Franco, Vince Jolivette, David Hinojosa, and Christine Vachon. Based on the book by Brad Land. Screenplay by David Gordon Green and Andrew Neel & Mike Roberts. Directed by Andrew Neel.