Brad Pitt’s New Satirical Comedy ‘War Machine’ Acquired by Netflix

Netflix for the win, again.

The online streaming service has acquired its biggest original movie yet – War Machine, starring Brad Pitt.

Joining the ranks of Emmy-winning television series’ Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards with War Machine, Pitt is slated to become Netflix’s biggest star in addition to being one of Hollywood’s greatest A-list actors.

Shooting for the film will begin in August for a Netflix release date in 2016. While primarily being released on Netflix, War Machine will also be showing in a select number of theaters.

Pitt said in a statement on Monday (June 8, 2015), “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.”

The film’s screenwriter and director David Michod added, “I’m humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches.”

War Machine is a fictional satirical comedy derived by the late journalist Michael Hastings’ bestselling book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan

The Operators was inspired by Hastings’ travels with decorated general Stanley McChrystal and his team in April 2010, and gives a behind-the-scenes look into the day-to-day of our military commanders. A synopsis for the book explains, “During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired,” (Amazon).

Pitt is both starring and producing the film. Deadline notes, “This will be the biggest investment Netflix will have made so far in a feature film, in the $30 million range.”

[Deadline]