Michael Hastings' book on the Afghanistan war, The Operators, is set to be made into a movie, and Brad Pitt is reportedly being tapped to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Bud Light Lime-swilling war architect who lost his job thanks to Hastings' unflattering profile.
Hastings, the phenom reporter who died last year in an L.A. single-car crash, vaulted to greater fame with "The Runaway General," a 2010 Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal that painted the Afghanistan war commander and his entourage as grumpy, jaded renegades with a penchant for cheap longnecks and no kind words for their civilian political overseers. A year later, McChrystal was "retired," Hastings had a Polk Award, and the article was expanded into The Operators.
Pitt's done scratchy U.S. war generals before, and he loves playing real-life dudely dudes, so the McChrystal bit may not be too much of a stretch. But is there any appetite for an Afghanistan movie among a populace that couldn't give two hoots about South Asia and thinks the war was a complete waste? Probably not. But then again, that might work to the advantage of a flick that plays up Hastings' deep, sardonic take on the whole affair.
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