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Brad Pitt to Produce & Maybe Star in Historical 'IBM and the Holocaust'

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September 12, 2012
Source: Vulture

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.

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  • David Banner
    Jeez, who the hell wants to play Thomas Watson? Great read, there's also a documentary on the book, might be an "underground" one.
    • obloodyhell
      LOL, I'm sure some libtard Hollywood twit would happily play him as a cackling evil gnome, just as they picture all business leaders. Tim Robbins or George Clooney would jump at the chance.
  • DAVIDPD
    Fascinating. The title sounded like a 7 Degrees of Separation challenge.
  • Coca Cola invented Fanta so they could still sell their product to the Germans, think about that the next time you taste the orange goodness. I found it disturbing that IBM were sending engineers to fix those machines in the middle of the war and still claimed they never knew the Nazi's were using them to process the prisoners. Capitalism rules. I'm not sure it's even capitalism really, just out and out conscious-less greed. Doubt any one will care about the movie, but I'd watch it.
    • tik
      "Coca Cola invented Fanta so they could still sell their product to the Germans, think about that the next time you taste the orange goodness." How about something current?Like chinese factory workers being worked to death just so we can have our shiny new electronic toys.Or criminaly underpayed employees who make our trendy shoes and clothes in the 3rd world countries.Ect.
      • Aw c'mon everyone knows children make the best trainers. The Iphone suicides were dark, the Nike tshirt factory I saw where workers were timed to the second on what they made too. But who would fund a sweatshop movie, everyone in the Western World benefits from that slavery. I can't be too down on it Tik, I own an Apple Mac, wear discounted training shoes, have an Iphone and many more goods made in China, so I think I'd be a hypocrite. I'd like a film about Shell's exploitation and murder of the people of the Niger Delta, watch 'Poison Fire' if you want to get depressed about children going blind and people's skin peeling off for cheap petrol production. It's a good point Tik, I think World War 1&2 are now history pieces, where the bad guys are pantomime villians, it's right now where the real evil is going on. Might have a McDonalds later.
      • obloodyhell
        Clotheads both of you. Why the hell would ENGINEERS working on HARDWARE have any knowledge of what the hell the equipment was keeping track of...? You have no clue how actual equipment works, do you? Much less old crap like the kind of things IBM built in the days BEFORE computers. No Chinese factory workers are "worked to death" in any factories which don't employ convict labor, and even there, it's not "our factories", it's theirs. Most chinese factory workers are happy to have the jobs because it's an ephload easier to work in those factories than in the rice fields, and you get paid vastly more. But you expect Chinese workers to get paid just the same as American workers because...why? What possible justification can you have for that? Oh, right, you don't have ANY CONCEPT of how business works, how money and labor interact to produce JACK or SH**. They needed to bootstrap their workers up to the kind of capabilities that American workers had in the past (and have since moved far beyond). And their wages are rising -- the simple fact of "reshoring" is starting, now, because the wage advantages that factories HAD is disappearing as their wages catch up to a significant percentage of our own. Now it is cheaper to build a robotic factory run by a few workers, while we move our workers into IP & Services. Note that I'm also setting you up to rip your head off if you reply whining about "lost manufacturing jobs" (or, alternately, "McJobs") like the clueless idiots you both are.
        • tik
          Whatever makes you sleep at night. Nobody is whinning about anything. The fact is there are numerous people taken advantage off just so we in the west can live our comfortable consumer life style. It's not that there is some evil agenda behind it,it's just the way the "bussiness " and the entirety of the modern world works as you so well describe it.But that does not make it right nor should we ignore it.The system is broken on the humanity level and we should strive to fix it.I am not a bussiness expert so anything I say about that aspect of it would be sheer speculation. Also you presume to much about the level of my clothheadedness / idiocy and the amount of clues within said idiocy. I am sure you are a genuine genious.My hat off to you sir.
          • tik
            Damn spelling.Bring on the mocking
          • At least you know that you don't know what you are talking about. I suggest googling "How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't" for a 15 minute primer.
        • C'mon, you can't go to a concentration camp and think, 'hey, this place looks swell, I wonder what they're doing here? Smells a bit like burning flesh, nah, can't be.'
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Wow, what an interesting movie this will be! I'd like to see it released in theaters, but my concern is that the studios may force it to be converted into 3D.
    • tik
      lol
  • DJ Double V
    It's about time some more corporate facts were revealed in feature films. The last really good one that came out was probably Fast Food Nation. It's just a pity we'll probably have to wait another 60 years before we get a movie demonstrating facets of the U.S. government carrying out the September 11 attacks (although I guess V for Vendetta and Green Zone both touched on that in their own ways).
    • Lebowski
      If you actually believe that, then you should seek psychiatric help immediately. No jokes, no games: you have a psychological problem and you need support.
      • warewolf
        ITS TRUE BECAUSE THERE IS A DOCUMENTARY ON YOUTUBE!WAKE UP SHEEPLE!* *I'm kidding of course .
      • obloodyhell
        DJVV -- Dude, if you think they executed the attacks, you're a freaking nutjob. If you think they demolished the building, you're an idiot studying to be a moron and failing. At BEST you might be able to make a case that they had strong suspicions that something was up, and didn't act to prevent it as quickly as they should have. Not likely but vaguely possible. More than likely, if there was "foreknowledge" it was just a total cluster-eph and, much like may have been the case with Pearl Harbor, the info failed to get to the right places in time.
    • Guest
      Dude, if you think they executed the attacks, you're a freaking nutjob. If you think they demolished the building, you're an idiot studying to be a moron and failing. At BEST you might be able to make a case that they had stong suspicions that something was up, and didn't act to prevent it as quickly as they should have. Not likely but vaguely possible. More than likely, if there was "foreknowledge" it was just a total cluster-eph and, much like may have been the case with Pearl Harbor, the info failed to get to the right places in time.
      • DJ Double V
        Pearl Harbor!? Clearly you're unaware of the events of Pearl Harbor too then. Let me guess - you believe the official JFK story too! Where to even start: Two planes hit two buildings (buildings which were designed to withstand planes crashing into them) and yet three buildings "fell". If you claim it was the fire that made the third building fall, it would be the first building of its kind in history to collapse due to fire. Other buildings have been on fire for far longer time periods and still maintained their structure. Let's say you still believe it was fire - Why were there witnessed claiming they heard multiple explosions (not to mention seismic readings showed multiple explosions too and video footage demonstrated explosions coming out of the sides of the twin towers in the same manner as if explosive devices were used). Still think it was fire? Well then why was there thermate (demolition material) found in the rubble? How did demolition materials get magically misplaced there? Why were put options (in the stock market) 285 times greater than normal for United Airlines shares on the days prior to 9/11? Why was the money spent to investigate 9/11 only 20% of that spent investigating the relationship between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? I'm going to stop there because I can't stand wasting my time on morons who can't think for themself. But the list of questions could go on and on and on with relation to the Patriot Act, prior knowledge, strange coincidences, Iraq, Hijackers, Military protocol, secretive meetings, conflict of interest, etc, etc.
  • Wafffles
    I bet IBM is gonna have a field day combating this wonderful publicity...
    • Yea, I'm so stunned. I want to know what they're gonna say about this. I love the idea, but yea very I'm surprised at this news..

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