Netflix has teamed with Plan B to make writer/director David Michôd’s feature War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. The satirical comedy will premiere on the streaming service and in select theaters next year.
The film is produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan). Michôd is an Australian filmmaker best known for Animal Kingdom and The Rover. Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.
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 will tell the story of a four-star “rock star” U.S. general, modeled on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, with a radical plan to win the “impossible” war in Afghanistan.
In March, Netflix ordered the eight-episode drama series The OA, starring Brit Marling (Arbitrage, I Origins) from Plan B. It will premiere in 2016 exclusively on Netflix.
Earlier Plan B productions include the films The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave and Selma. Its current slate includes a trio of films for production partner Paramount — director Adam McKay’s big screen adaptation of Michael Lewis’ best-selling book The Big Short; writer/director James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett; and World War Z 2, which Juan Antonio Bayona will direct from a script by Steven Knight. It is also producing the HBO limited series Undaunted Courage about American explorers Lewis and Clark.
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