Overture bears down on 'Goats'


Overture appeared to have locked up rights Monday to the star- driven "The Men Who Stare at Goats" at the Festival de Cannes.

If a deal does indeed close, it would mark the first major buy at either the festival or the market, which has until now been quiet on both the domestic and international acquisitions side. But the George Clooney starrer, which marks the directorial debut of longtime Clooney collaborator Grant Heslov, has been one of the hotter market projects on the Croisette.

CAA packaged and sold the satire, in which Ewan McGregor stars as a reporter who comes across a soldier (Clooney) who reveals that the U.S. Army is using paranormal techniques in Iraq.

Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges co-star, Peter Straughan wrote the screenplay and Clooney, Heslov and Paul Lister produced.

The movie, which is in postproduction and expected to be ready for release late this year or in early 2010, is based on journalist Jon Ronson's book. Overture topper Chris McGurk called it "a hilarious and intelligent movie we think will captivate audiences." (partialdiff)