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According to THR, ‘Animal Kingdom’ director David Michod has signed on to write and direct ‘The Operators’ for Brad Pitt’s Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. ‘The Operators’ is based on the late Michael Hastings’ incendiary best-seller. The film chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of U.S. military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the United States. Pitt has already signed on to star as General McChrystal.
Brad Pitt will also produce the movie along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who all recently won Oscars for producing Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave.’ David Michod’s next movie ‘The Rover’ is expected to debut at Cannes next month, though no announcement has been made yet. That film stars is lead by Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
After starring in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and David Ayer’s November release ‘Fury,’ Brad Pitt looks set to return to the World War II setting in the form of an untitled romantic thriller which Steven Knight has scripted for Graham King‘s GK Films. While it’s not a done deal at this moment in time, Deadline hear that a “big director” will be announced shortly with an eye toward starting production in early 2015.
Steven Knight penned the script for ‘Eastern Promises,’ and more recently the British series ‘Peaky Blinders,’ the Helen Mirren-lead ‘The Hundred Foot Journey,’ and he wrote and directed ‘Locke’ with Tom Hardy. Brad Pitt most recently produced and co-starred in Best Picture Oscar winner ’12 Years A Slave’ and the zombie drama ‘World War Z,’ which is gearing up for a sequel.
Lupita Nyong’o made her feature film debut in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ as Patsey, for which she’s received huge acclaim. For her role Nyong’o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The Academy Awards take place this coming Sunday, March 2nd.
Based on the unforgettable memoir that exposed the inner workings of slavery in the 19th Century, comes ’12 Years A Slave,’ director Steve McQueen’s mesmerizing and incredibly moving account of New York family man Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) unexpected kidnapping, his dizzying journey into Louisiana’s slave plantations, and his unbreakable quest to get home to those he loves. ’12 Years a Slave’ stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.
’12 Years a Slave’ marks your feature film debut in a role that I can’t imagine could have demanded more of an enormous emotional commitment. Without giving anything away, there’s so much complexity to Patsey…?
Lupita Nyong’o: Definitely! For me, Patsey was such an incredible woman in the script. I was so excited about the opportunity to bring her back to life. She’s described as being agile and genial and pleasantly tempered and the hardest worker, but at the same time she wishes for her death. That kind of complexity is one an actor can only dream of playing. And to know that she was a real women just made it even more humbling and more inspiring to do. For me, the thing that I loved most about Patsey is that she experiences so much pain, but she was always working through it, not wallowing in it. That kind of strength is so inspiring, and I wanted to play her with agency and dignity.
Based on the unforgettable memoir that exposed the inner workings of slavery in the 19th Century, comes ’12 Years A Slave,’ director Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) mesmerizing and incredibly moving account of New York family man Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) unexpected kidnapping, his dizzying journey into Louisiana’s slave plantations, and his unbreakable quest to get home to those he loves.
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Out now in the US and opening on January 10th in the UK, ’12 Years a Slave’ also stars Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.
There’s been a real absence of a serious treatment of slavery in cinema, an unflinching treatment. Was that one of the reasons it was so important for you to explore, and do you intend for the film to spark a conversation, especially with race?
Steve McQueen: Precisely because of that reason: the absence of a serious treatment of slavery in cinema. For me it was a no brainer. I just wanted to see it on film. I wanted to see that history on film. It was important. It was that obvious. And that’s it. I made this movie because I want to tell a story about slavery, a story that hasn’t been given a platform in cinema. It’s one thing to read about slavery but when you see it within a narrative, it does something different – and that’s what I wanted to do. Now, if that starts a conversation: wonderful, excellent… it will be about time. But for me this film is about how to survive. I don’t know what kind of conversation… I hope it goes beyond race, narrowing it down to race: yes, race is involved, but it’s not entirely about that.
Steve McQueen Says Hollywood Has Ignored Slavery: “World War II Lasted 5 Years & There Are 100s & 100s Of Films About World War II & The Holocaust….”
In a recent chat with Sky News for ’12 Years a Slave,’ Steve McQueen criticized Hollywood for avoiding slavery as a subject matter for movies. The acclaimed filmmaker/artist said that he hopes his drama will “redress that balance”. McQueen said, “The Second World War lasted five years and there are hundreds and hundreds of films about the Second World War and the Holocaust. Slavery lasted 400 years and there are less than 20 [films]. We have to redress that balance and look at that time in history.” The Turner Prize-winning artist, who previously directed ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame,’ said: “People somehow do not want to look at this particular time in history.” In my own interview with McQueen, I had the following exchange with him:
Brad Pitt might be re-teaming with Tom Cruise for their first feature together since 1994’s ‘Interview With the Vampire.’ THR has learned that Pitt is being courted to star alongside Cruise in ‘Go Like Hell,’ the racing movie based on ‘Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,’ written by A. J. Baime.
Tom Cruise is attached to portray car designer Carroll Shelby in the project, which has Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) in the director’s chair. Lucas Foster and Alex Young are producing the true story of the competition between the Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari, which culminated at the 1966 Le Mans race.