Brad Pitt in Final Talks to Lead David Ayer's WWII Tank Drama 'Fury'
by Ethan Anderton
April 3, 2013
After directing last year's sadly overlooked police thriller End of Watch, complete with stellar performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, we learned that David Ayer was going into World War II for his next film, Fury. QED International picked up the script from Ayer back in February for a cool million, their biggest spec script deal ever. Now the project is heating up as Deadline reports Brad Pitt is currently in final negotiations to star in the film set in 1945 during the final days of the war as the Nazi regime is collapsing. The story focuses on five crew members of an American tank called Fury as they head into battle.
As Ayer said when this project first came to light, he wants to "bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience." That sounds pretty cool considering most of the tank action we see in war movies just uses them as just a weaponized vehicle and not as an integral setting for the story, let alone alluding to the crew inside of them as anything more than extras.
QED already has an Ayer film on the way with Ten, an action thriller featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. That film comes out next January, and they must be somewhat pleased with it if they're getting back into business with Ayer again so quickly. Or maybe Ayer's script is just that good. It will mark a return to form for Pitt who last saw WWII action in Inglourious Basterds, though we're betting this film will be a little less exaggerated and stylized than what Quentin Tarantino delivered in 2009. We'll do our best to keep you posted as this project develops.