David Michod to Direct, Write Brad Pitt’s ‘The Operators’

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“Animal Kingdom” director David Michod will write and direct “The Operators,” with Brad Pitt attached to star. Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment will co-finance and produce.

“The Operators” is based on Michael Hastings’ 2011 bestseller about the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, formerly the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The book serves as a behind-the-scenes portrait of the country’s military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers and a political firestorm that shook the United States after Hastings’ article on his 2010 trip to Afghanistan ran in Rolling Stone and led to McChrystal’s firing after his staff was revealed to have been bashing the Obama administration and partying on the battlefield.

Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will also produce the film through Pitt’s Plan B shingle.

New Regency and Plan B recently produced “12 Years a Slave,” and they have a multiyear pact to co-finance films together through Brett Ratner’s RatPac.

Michod is repped by UTA; Pitt and Plan B are with CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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  1. Celeste says:

    Thanks for finally talking about >David Michod to Direct, Write Brad Pitts The Operators | Variety
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  2. Guy Montag says:

    “A great many things went unsaid … There was no mention of his [Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s] role in the cover up of the “friendly-fire” slaying of Pat Tillman, including issuing a bogus Silver Star citation for the Ranger. No one asked him about the pattern of detainee abuse in Iraq by [JSOC] units overseen by McChrystal’s command … McChrystal fizzled badly in Afghanistan, and everyone seems to want to dub him a 21st century Sir Gawain… “

    — Carl Prine, “McChrystal Clear” (“Line of Departure” blog, June 3, 2012)

    Very few who have written about the Brad Pitt film adaptation of Michael Hasting’s book “The Operators” have even mentioned McChrystal’s key role in JSOC torture, the cover-up of Pat Tillman’s 2004 friendly-fire death (10th anniversary on April 22nd), or his failed Afghan War COIN “surge.”

    To learn more, I’d suggest starting with Hastings’s book or by watching the DVD “The Tillman Story.” For details and more references, see my Feral Firefighter blog posts such as “Defend Your Integrity,” “Never Shall I Fail My Comrades,” “Something to Die For,” or “More Lies Borne Out by Facts, If Not the Truth.”

  3. Guy Montag says:

    “I was starting to like them [Gen. McChrystal’s entourage], and they seem to like me. They were cool. They had a reckless, who-gives-a-**** attitude. I was getting inside the bubble …’ This is beginning to sound like ****ing “Almost Famous.’ …. The movie … his one-day story turned into a lengthy road trip on tour with the band. … there wasn’t always a happy ending if you wrote about people with brutal honestly.

    — Michael Hastings, “The Operators” (2012)

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal only briefly (and disingenuously) discussed “Le’Affair Rolling Stan” in his 2013 memoir by casting doubt on Hasting’s “fairness” and “accuracy.” However, McChrystal still declines to “confirm or deny” the accuracy of Hasting’s quotes (probably because he knows Hasting’s widow Elise Jordan still has many of his quotes on tape).

    For a more critical and honest account, I would suggest Hasting’s 2012 book “The Operators.” I’ve also discussed his book in my Feral Firefighter blog posts such as my in my April 2012 post “SOMETHING TO DIE FOR” –“The [Untold] Tillman Story” Between-the-Lines of Michael Hasting’s Book “The Operators”, my June 2014 post “MORE LIES BORNE OUT BY FACTS, IF NOT THE TRUTH” – The New York Time’s Disingenuous Obituary of Michael Hastings & Their Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s Role in “Le’Affair Rolling Stan” & “The Pat Tillman Story”, and in my Dec 2012 post “NEVER SHALL I FAIL MY COMRADES” — The Dark Legacy of Gen. Stanley McChrystal & His Memoir “My Share of the Task”: His Betrayal of Pat Tillman, Command of JSOC Torture, and Failed Afghan War “Surge”

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