Brad Pitt On Board World War II Drama ‘Fury’

Kara Warner
Movie Talk

Brad Pitt has added yet another project to his busy actor/producer slate - a World War II-era drama called "Fury" written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"). According to Deadline, Pitt is in final negotiations to star in the production, which will reportedly begin production in September.

Set in April 1945, during the fall of Nazi Germany, the story revolves around a five-man crew of a U.S. tank named Fury and their heroic struggle for survival during a battle against a desperate German army.

Ayer's script was purchased for $1 million by financing and sales company QED International in February. QED CEO promised that "Fury" is a wholly original concept. "It is not your father's World War II movie," he said when the deal was announced "It digs deep into the complexities of battlefield heroism."

Writer/director Ayer went on to say that he hopes to bring something new and fresh to the genre. "What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal," he said. "This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience."

No word yet on which other actors will join Pitt to flesh out the five-man Fury crew, but given the Oscar-nominated actor's clout in Hollywood, they'll likely have their pick of actors. In the meantime audiences have plenty of Pitt's projects to look forward to; this summer's zombie action thriller "World War Z," the Ridley Scott-directed thriller "The Counselor" in November and potential Oscar bait period piece "Twelve Years a Slave" opposite Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch which opens in limited release in December.

See Brad Pitt in the theatrical trailer for 'World War Z':