Brad Pitt at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.
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June 17, 2015 2:41 PM EDT

Last week Netflix scooped up Brad Pitt’s upcoming movie War Machine, and now we know the price tag on this upcoming adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ book about Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

Netflix doesn’t share its budgets, but The Hollywood Reporter cites an anonymous source who says the company was willing to invest the $60 million Pitt and director David Michod wanted for the movie. That’s more than double the figure in previous reports, which already called the project Netflix’s biggest investment in a feature film to date.

According to THR, other studios had wanted to lower the $60-70 million proposed budget. That prompted Michod and company to look elsewhere for a new home for the project, which is said to be an edgier comedy rather than a more straightforward, dramatic war movie with bigger appeal.

Pitt will play McChrystal, the former U.S. commander who resigned from his post in 2010 after his unflattering comments about Vice President Joe Biden and other White Officials were published in a Rolling Stone article by Hastings. The journalist later published a book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, on which the movie is based.

Shooting begins in August for a 2016 release.


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