Until recently, David Gorden Green was supposed to be directing Goat, an adaption of a memoir by Brad Land about his experiences with hazing endured while pledging to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. When I was interviewing Jeff Nichols, director of Shotgun Stories and one of the nominees for the John Cassavetes Award at the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards (for another outlet), I learned that Nichols' next project is taking over helming duties on Goat. Nichols said he also did some work on the script, for which he will also get co-writer credit along with Green.

It seems like a good fit for Nichols, who hails from Green's hometown of Little Rock (both filmmakers are also grads of North Carolina School of the Arts, which is producing a plethora of hot young filmmakers these days), and whose first film was, like Goat, set in the South and about relationships between men. No word on what Green will be directing next; he recently wrapped work on the stoner-ific Pineapple Express. Our own Erik Davis, as you may recall, loved the trailer for that one.

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