Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Acquires ‘War Machine’

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Acquires ‘War Machine’

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David Michôd of Animal Kingdom fame will direct Pitt as a brash US commander modelled on the four-star General Stanley McChrystal, whose lifestyle was documented in the book by the late Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan.

Netflix will orchestrate a limited theatrical release while focusing on the main play, a worldwide digital launch in late 2016, by which time the company aims to have achieved its oft-stated goal of streaming from around 200 countries. Earlier this month Netflix unveiled plans to be in Italy, Portugal and Spain by October.

The company will produce with Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, as well as Ian Bryce.

Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.

"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," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. …

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