Netflix (NFLX) announced Monday that it’s producing War Machine, a satirical comedy featuring Brad Pitt. The movie will appear in select theaters and on Netflix online in 2016.
The movie is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.
“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 Americas ambitions,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, in a statement. “Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film.”
And here’s the plot of the film, according to Netflix:
Determined to win the “impossible” war once and for all with a radical new approach, the general and his motley staff of commanders and press advisers race across the globe navigating delicate international alliances and troop requests, the charged battlefield of Washington politics, the voracious appetite of the media, and the day-to-day management of the war itself – all the while struggling to stay connected to the lives of men and women out in the field.
Citing other reports, Business Insider wrote that the film, which Pitt is producing and will be available exclusively to Netflix subscribers, was acquired for about $30 million. If correct, that sum would make the movie the biggest feature film acquisition buy for Netflix in its history, the article said.
According to the article:
Previously, Netflix’s largest acquired film was the period war drama “Jadotville,” starring “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan, at the Berlin Film Festival for $17 million. “Jadotville” will also be released in 2016.
“We 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,” said Pitt in a statement.