TODD PHILLIPS UNLEASHES THE WAR DOGS
ODD PHILLIPS IS GETTING OUT OF the Hangover business, and into the arms race. Specifically, he’s written and directed War Dogs, an international gun-running “comedic drama” shot in six countries. “I love travelling for movies,” Phillips tells Empire, “and the whole idea of the movie circus. I find that energy and freneticism always finds its way into the film. There was a lot of running around, but we were trying to tell a pretty big story.”
Based on an article Guy Lawson wrote for Rolling Stone in 2011, the premise involves two young Miami stoners, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who, with little more than an internet connection and a mobile, penetrated the “grey world” of international arms dealing in 2007 and ended up with The Pentagon for a client. The overstretched Bush administration’s policy of outsourcing military operations meant the pair were able to beat competition from Fortune 500 companies simply with the lowest quote. But a $300 million contract to supply the US’ allies in Afghanistan saw them seriously out of their depth.
“My buddy (producer) Mark Gordon sent me the article, saying it was right up my alley,” says Phillips. “He was right.” Phillips loved it, working on the screenplay for a protracted