Marvel Almost Made a ‘War Machine’ Movie

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We might have seen Marvel’s first solo black superhero movie long before Black Panther.

A pitch for a War Machine solo movie starring Don Cheadle was nearly greenlit by Marvel. The project got as far as Marvel hiring the writer who pitched the idea, screenwriter Joe Robert Cole (who would later co-write Black Panther), but the project stalled as Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 script started coming together.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming was Spider-Man’s big break into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios. And it was milked as much as possible.

Not only did Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark play a pivotal role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, acting as a reluctant mentor to Tom Holland‘s teen Peter Parker. It was a clear-cut continuation of their relationship from Captain America: Civil War, in which Tony plucked Tom out of obscurity and a pajama costume to fight in the big leagues against Team Captain America. But Tony almost wasn’t the only Avenger to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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The Pentagon Likes War Machine

War Machine was nearly destined to become another forgotten film on the dust pile of Netflix’s original movies. On paper it doesn’t seem like that would be the case: War Machine was a $60 million Brad Pitt-starring satirical war movie based on a best-selling book and directed by a fairly established director, David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). But middling reviews and the Netflix marketing machine had caused the film to disappear into the back of the “Netflix Originals” category — for everyone except for the Pentagon.

The film has picked up an unexpected fanbase among the federal employees at the Pentagon, where it has become the hot topic of the moment among an audience who you would expect to hate the anti-Afghanistan War satire.

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War Machine Trailer

Right now political satire is at its best simply because everything coming out of Washington DC is just as laughable as it is disheartening. The only way we can cope with this kind of nonsense is to make fun of it, and that’s exactly what Netflix’s new movie War Machine appears to be doing with the war in Afghanistan.

Brad Pitt plays a fictionalized version of four-star General Stanley McChrystal (named as General Glen McMahon in the movie), the commanding general of international and US forces in Afghanistan. The real life general’s career tanked after a journalist exposed the wild partying, unorthodox behavior and surprising incompetence that took place behind the scenes of this military operation that appears to be unwinnable despite the general’s best efforts, and it appears that’s exactly what we’ll see happen in this movie, albeit with a bit more of an exaggerated comedic spin.

See the war satire on full display in the new War Machine trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The blockbuster summer will kick off in a couple weeks, giving audiences plenty of reasons to leave their house and head to the multiplex. But Netflix has plenty of new content to keep you at home if you’re not feeling like braving the crowds on opening weekend. In addition to some great new movies, there are also a few new seasons of television that you’re going to want to seek out.

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Brad Pitt has always been at his best when he abandons all pretense of being a “movie star” and embraces his inner-character actor. So there’s plenty of fun to be had in the War Machine trailer from watching one of the most famous men in the world vanish under a grey head of hair and a grizzled accent.

Pitt seems to be putting his energies into a film that feels designed to ruffle feathers. While the new film from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd is based on the non-fiction book The Operators, his execution looks almost purely comedic. This appears to be a harsh and satiric look at the United States’ military operations in Afghanistan, falling somewhere between Dr. Strangelove and Three Kings.

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‘War Machine’ Trailer: Brad Pitt Goes Into Battle

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One of the interesting things about Netflix’s massive original programming slate is that unlike a lot of traditional distributors, they don’t really have a type. They’ll release gritty superhero dramas and fluffy kiddie fare, sober documentaries and goofy standup specials, Adam Sandler comedies and arthouse oddities. They’ve got a little something for everyone, which makes perfect sense since “everyone” is their target customer.

So while we’re not super into, say, Sandy Wexler, we’re more than happy to tolerate its existence if it means we also get movies like War Machine. Directed by David Michôd (of Animal Kingdom fame), the pitch-black satire stars Brad Pitt as real-life U.S. general Stanley McChrystal. You may remember his dramatic fall from grace a few years ago after a Rolling Stone exposé. Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley also star. Check out the War Machine trailer below.  Read More »

Brad Pitt in Fury

Netflix’s movie distribution arm has just landed a major coup. The company has picked up the rights to War Machine, which is not another Marvel spinoff (sorry, Don Cheadle) but rather a satirical wartime comedy starring Brad Pitt. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) is directing. Read all about the Netflix War Machine movie after the jump.  Read More »

It was a big weekend for rumors; sadly a lot of the most fun genre and superhero film stories are little more than unconfirmed rumor at this point. Pajiba, for example, tweeted that Marvel has a pitch out to writers for a War Machine spin-off film. This is more like a vague confirmation of what we’ve expected to happen, and since Marvel will need some core content to follow The Avengers, we’re bound to hear about another group of films to follow. Seeing an Iron Man spin-off starring Don Cheadle could be a lot of fun, and we’ll update if someone is hired to write the film.

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Entertainment Tonight has been posting a series of little set visit video clips from Iron Man 2. There was the first one showing Robert Downey, Jr. and some on-set action, a second following the enthusiasm around Mickey Rourke (embedded below) and now Don Cheadle gets the spotlight as ET focuses on the War Machine, his armored alter-ego that we first saw in footage displayed at Comic Con this year. Read More »