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Brad Pitt to Star in David Michôd's 'The Operators'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2014 at 12:45PM

Plan B and New Regency teamed up on Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and now are developing a starring vehicle for Plan B's Brad Pitt. Australian writer-director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) will follow upcoming "The Rover" (A24 summer trailer below), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, with Afghanistan military expose "The Operators."
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Brad Pitt
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Plan B and New Regency teamed up on Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and now are developing Afghanistan military expose "The Operators" as a starring vehicle for Plan B's Brad Pitt. 

Australian writer-director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) will follow upcoming "The Rover" (A24 summer trailer below), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, with "The Operators" for Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment, the film finance and production partnership of Brett Ratner ("Hercules") and Australian hotel billionaire James Packer, chairman of Crown Limited. Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Based on the late Michael Hastings' bestselling expose, "The Operators" chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It's a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of U.S. military commanders. 

New Regency (Darren Aronofsky’s "Noah," David Fincher’s "Gone Girl," González Iñárritu’s "Birdman") and Plan B ("World War Z") signed a three-year producing partnership after Plan B's Paramount deal expired at the end of 2013; New Regency and RatPac Entertainment are co-financing films for Plan B. 

Next up for Pitt is another World War II picture, David Ayer's "Fury," for Sony release November 14.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.