Netflix continues to expand its business beyond DVDs. The company, once famous for sending red DVD-filled envelopes through the mail, transitioned first into online streaming and has now moved to producing and acquiring its own original content.
The company’s latest venture sees it teaming up with Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt to produce “War Machine,” a film based on a real-life general who resigned from the army after his negative remarks about the president were revealed in a magazine article. The film according to Alexei Beltyukov, presents a comedic take on the events featured in “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” a book by the late Michael Hastings.
Sources claim that Netflix is covering the film’s $60 million budget. Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer with a planned 2016 release. Pitt will take on the lead role of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, with David Michod directing.