Brad Pitt is taking Netflix to the next level, and we're all kinds of psyched
Netflix has been killing it with their original content game lately. Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—we literally don’t have time to list all the amazing shows Netflix has blessed us with. But as if yesterday, Netflix is stepping up their game with Brad Pitt’s upcoming movie, War Machine.
Netflix will be producing the film, based on the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. It’s a satirical comedy about modern warfare, and this description Netflix released in a statement sounds amazing:
“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.”
“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 Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in the same statement. “Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film.”
Oh, and Brad Pitt is pretty pumped about it too:
“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” Pitt said.
The film, which doesn’t have a release date but should hit select theaters and Netflix next year, is a huge win for the streaming service. Business Insider reports that the film cost a cool $30 million, almost double the second largest Netflix acquisition “Jadotville.” That film, a period drama staring Jamie Dornan, will also be on the site next year.
Netflix has a proven track record on content that suggests both of these movies will be extremely well done, and we’re excited to see where Netflix exclusive films go from here. The service has already landed some significant films in the past, including last year’s documentary Mitt. The freedom Netflix has to produce offbeat and envelope-pushing work could make them a serious player sooner rather than later.