Brad Pitt will produce and star in The Operators, an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book about General Stanley McChrystal.
The film will be written and directed by David Michod, best known for the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom. Pitt will portray McChrystal.
Hastings’ first profile of McChrystal (“The Runaway General”;) appeared in Rolling Stone in 2010 and immediately set off a firestorm due to McChrystal’s inflammatory statements about President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. As a result of the piece, McChrystal was fired as commander of the mission in Afghanistan and replaced with General David Petraeus.
Hastings then expanded the Rolling Stone piece into the book-length The Operators, which was published in 2012.
Hastings died in a car crash in 2013.