Brad Pitt to Produce & Maybe Star in Historical 'IBM and the Holocaust'
The events of the Holocaust have been depicted thousands of times on film before in everything from Schindler's List to X-Men, but here's a fresh take on some familiar subject matter. How were the Nazis able to locate and single out so many Jews during the 30s and 40s amid political upheaval? Vulture reports that Brad Pitt will produce and possibly star in IBM and the Holocaust, a historical drama based on Edwin Black's book that chronicles the true story of how computer giant IBM's chief executive Thomas Watson contributed to the eradication of Jews in Europe years before the personal computer arrived. More below!
According to Black's book, Watson entered into a deal with the Nazis in 1933 and used his influence and power at IBM to create technologies that enabled the Third Reich to identify, track, categorize, deport, and sequester millions of Jews before working them to death in concentration camps or blatantly killing them in the streets. As the official synopsis notes, "IBM and the Holocaust provides nothing less than a chilling investigation into corporate complicity. Edwin Black’s monumental research exposes how IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies for the Nazis, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s."
Pitt has apparently been attached to this project for quite some time, and while it was once set up at HBO, plans fell through and now his Plan B production company is looking to take it elsewhere. Whether the project's home ends up being another cable network or a film studio is yet to be seen. There are some conflicting reports about whether or not Pitt will star in the project, but his presence in front of the camera would undoubtedly lead to better chances of snagging theatrical distribution. Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things) wrote the script, but no director is attached yet, so we'll wait to get truly excited.