The film will apparently be a “satirical comedy” informed in part by late journalist Michael Hastings’s 2011 book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Pitt will play a character modeled on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of American and international forces in Afghanistan and a central character in the book. Hastings’s 2010 Rolling Stone story about McChrystal, “The Runaway General,” led to McChrystal’s resignation. Hastings was killed in a car accident in 2013, though the circumstances around his death were mysterious.
David Michod, who directed the 2010 sleeper hit Animal Kingdom, will helm the film. Pitt’s production company, Plan B, picked up the rights to the book last year.