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has acquired distribution rights to “War Machine,” a satirical comedy from “Animal Kingdom” and “The Rover” writer-director David Michôd set to star Brad Pitt
in the leading role. The film, produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (“World War Z”), will be exclusively available to Netflix members next year and will also open in select theaters. Principal photography is set to begin in August.
Here’s the film’s synopsis per Netflix: “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, ‘War Machine’ concerns 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.”
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“‘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,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film.”
Added Pitt, “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.”
According to Deadline, this marks the biggest investment Netflix has made on a feature film, somewhere in the $30 million range. Earlier this year, Netflix shocked distributors by dropping $12 million to distribute “Beasts of No Nation,” from “True Detective” (Season 1) director Cary Fukunaga.
This August, the company, in partnership with The Weinstein Company, will release “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” day and date with IMAX screens. And late last year, Netflix signed a deal to partner up with Adam Sandler for four feature films, starring and produced by the comedy star.
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