Net­flix team­ing with Pitt

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Oliver Get­tell

Net­flix is get­ting into the Brad Pitt busi­ness. The stream­ing ser­vice has come aboard to pro­duce and dis­trib­ute “War Ma­chine,” a satir­i­cal com­edy star­ring Pitt and in­spired by Gen. Stan­ley McChrys­tal, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment Mon­day.

Aus­tralian film­maker David Mi­chod (“An­i­mal King­dom”) is di­rect­ing “War Ma­chine” from his own script. It is based on the book by the late Michael Hast­ings’ “The Op­er­a­tors: The Wild and Ter­ri­fy­ing In­side Story of Amer­ica’s War in Afghanistan,” which ex­panded on his in­cen­di­ary 2010 Rolling Stone pro­file that pre­cip­i­tated McChrys­tal’s res­ig­na­tion.

The film will be re­leased in­ter­na­tion­ally on Net­flix next year and will also get a the­atri­cal re­lease, pre­sum­ably to qual­ify for the Os­cars and other awards. Prin­ci­pal photography is sched­uled to start in Au­gust. New Re­gency and RatPac En­ter­tain­ment were pre­vi­ously on board but are no longer in­volved.

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