Brad Pitt’s satirical comedy War Machine has the green light for its Netflix premiere. War Machine will be directed by Australian filmmaker David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) and will be Netflix’s most expensive production yet, according to Movies.com. It has been reported that Netflix paid more than $30 million dollars for the Brad Pitt movie.
According to Newsday, War Machine is based on a book by Michael Hastings.
“War Machine is based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Hastings penned the infamous 2010 Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal that led to his resignation. The book and profile were based on weeks of nearly unfettered access to the general in 2010.”
According to Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, War Machine “is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of America’s ambitions.” As well as starring in this Netflix premiere, Brad Pitt will help produce it alongside Ian Bryce. Pitt is reportedly excited to be working alongside Netflix for his latest movie, stating in Us Magazine that he and his team, Plan B, are “so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience.”
Netflix has been gaining momentum for a while now in the television arena after they premiered such series as Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and to a lesser degree, their latest series Sense8, which is getting mixed reviews yet still appears to be a slow burner. However, now it seems they are making great decisions when it comes to their movie premieres. Not only will War Machine get a Netflix premiere, but other movies in the pipelines, according to Newday, include a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, a new Pee-wee Herman movie with Judd Apatow, and a series of comedies with Adam Sandler.” Netflix will also be siding with Ricky Gervais for a movie, creating a documentary with Leonardo DiCapiro, and signing up for a four-picture deal with Mark and Jay Duplass (whose works, independently, include Manson Family and The Mindy Project). In addition, Netflix has also picked up Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Richie Smyth’s Jadotville.
War Machine is slated for its Netflix premiere sometime in 2016.
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