Brad Pitt to Star in Netflix Original Movie ‘War Machine’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 8, 2015 (UPI) — Brad Pitt is set to star in the Netflix original filmWar Machine, the online streaming service announced Monday.
The satirical comedy was written and will be directed by David Michôd. Production on the film is to start in August, and the movie is scheduled to premiere on Netflix and in select theaters next year.
Produced by Netflix and Pitt, alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce, War Machine is inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings.
The movie will tell the story of “a four-star, ‘rock star’ general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan.”
“Determined to win the ‘impossible’ war once and for all with a radical new approach, the general and his motley staff of commanders and press advisers race across the globe navigating delicate international alliances and troop requests, the charged battlefield of Washington politics, the voracious appetite of the media, and the day-to-day management of the war itself — all the while struggling to stay connected to the lives of men and women out in the field,” a synopsis said.
“War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of America’s ambitions,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film.”
“We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience,” added Pitt.
“I’m humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches,” remarked Michôd.