ANIMAL KINGDOM Director David Michôd to Adapt Military Drama THE OPERATORS as a Star Vehicle for Brad Pitt

     April 14, 2014


David Michôd‘s feature directorial debut, Animal Kingdom, was a searing piece of filmmaking, and I’m excited for his follow-up, The Rover, which opens this year.  According to Deadline, Michôd is now turning his attention to adapting Michael Hastings‘ book, The Operators.  Brad Pitt is attached to produce, and may also star.  Per Deadline, the book chronicles “the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It portrays the backrooms and politics behind the war, and the high-stake maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the country.”  Judging by the book’s synopsis, the story seems to focus more on the day-to-day operations of McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan rather than zeroing in on just the Rolling Stone article or even McChrystal’s involvement in covering up the circumstances surrounding Pat Tillman’s death.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of Michael Hastings’ The Operators.

Here’s the synopsis for Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators:

A shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States.

In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war.  Written in prose that is at once eye-opening and other times uncannily conversational, readers of No Easy Day will take to Hastings’ unyielding first-hand account of the Afghan War and its cast of players. [Amazon]


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