David Michod and Brad Pitt to Adapt Afghan Story

Reported by Lily Davis.

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Brad Weston, president and CEO of New Regency, has announced an exciting new project. Australian filmmaker David Michôd, who burst onto the scene with his masterful crime-drama Animal Kingdom, will write and direct an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ novel The Operators.

The film will star Brad Pitt, who is set to also co-produce the feature with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. According to Deadline, the film will be collectively backed by RatPac Entertainment, New Regency and Plan B. Plan B and New Regency recently teamed up to produce the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. The film enjoyed enormous success and won an Academy Award for Best Picture, which has prompted RatPac Entertainment to join the two companies in a multi-year producing partnership.

David Michôd will re-work Hastings’ novel, which gives insight into the back rooms and politics behind the war in Afghanistan. It’s the story of the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Written by the reporter who brought down McChrystal, the story is a fascinating insight into the time.

For those interested, here’s Amazon’s synopsis for Hastings’ novel, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan:

A shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the political firestorm that shook the United States.

In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” 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.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war.  Written in prose that is at once eye-opening and other times uncannily conversational, readers of No Easy Day will take to Hastings’ unyielding first-hand account of the Afghan War and its cast of players.

Before Michôd tackles the Afghan war, we’ll see him helming Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover.

Source: Deadline

– L.D.