Brad Pitt must have a keen eye on Australian directors as this marks his third notable collaboration with an Australian director. After previously teaming up with Andrew Dominik in the superb The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and the visually impressive Killing Them Softly, as well as voicing some krill in George Miller’s Happy Feet 2, he’s now teaming up with David Michod in the Netflix supported feature film War Machine.
Produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, War Machine is being called a satirical comedy about the Afghanistan war. The synopsis is as follows:
Inspired by the best-selling book ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ by the late Michael Hastings, ‘War Machine’ concerns a four star, ‘rock star’ general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. 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.
It seemed almost inevitable that Michod would make the journey to America given the success of Animal Kingdom and the high quality of The Rover. Given the fact that it seems like international actors eventually make the journey to Australia to make a film here, it’d be nice if Brad Pitt were in one, but that whole thing about owning a cake and eating it too comes into play.
Hopefully Michod fairs better than Gregor Jordan did with Buffalo Soldiers. Sure, Jordan had the small issue of releasing a film that criticised the American military around September 11 2001, but satirical war comedies don’t tend to go too well.
The title War Machine doesn’t feel like it’s going to stick either. Even though it’s completely different, I can only imagine that Netflix would want to try and differentiate this film from a certain Marvel character.
Whilst this is being supported by Netflix, it will still have an Oscar qualifying theatrical run.
Original source: Deadline.