D.J. Caruso moving forward with The Goats

Action/thriller filmmaker D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four, Eagle Eye) is going a subtler route for his next film with the indie coming-of-age story The Goats, based on the ’80s young adult novel of the same name.

The critically-acclaimed book, written by Brock Cole and originally published in 1987, tells the story of a pair of campers at summer camp (Camp Tall Pine) who find themselves the victims of a prank that leaves them stranded on Goat Island. Embarrassed and not too fond of the idea of returning to camp the pair embark on a three-day journey of self discovery.

Young stars Chandler Canterbury (Knowing) and Annalise Basso (Dark House and Bedtime Stories) have been tapped to play the lead roles. Shooting of the film, which Caruso has reportedly been trying to get made for nearly a decade, is scheduled to kick off this month in Georgia.

Update: Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell have also been cast.

Sources: Variety, First Showing and Empire Online

What do you think? Have you read the book? Have you seen any of Caruso’s other films?

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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