Brad Pitt to Lead David Michod's Modern War Drama 'The Operators'

April 14, 2014
Source: Variety

The Operators / Brad Pitt

After starring in World War Z, superstar Brad Pitt seems to be interested in a lot of other war projects. After starring in Inglourious Basterds a few years ago, Pitt returns to World War II in David Ayer's tank squad drama Fury, and the actor is also interested in a new untitled project from Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight in the same time period. Now Variety has word that Pitt is looking to venture into modern warfare, in an adaptation of the non-fiction book The Operators, which tells the story of the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Here's the official synopsis of the 2012 book by Michael Hastings on which the film will be based:

In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.”

During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.

David Michod (Animal Kingdom), who has the war drama The Rover coming this summer, will direct the film and Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Pitt's Plan B production banner. In addition, New Regency is also behind the project, and they last time they worked with Plan B, it resulted in 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The Operators is part of a new deal the two companies have with Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment banner to co-finance films together. Now if only Ratner could direct films as good as those that his company supports.

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