Netflix has sensationally nabbed the rights to Brad Pitt's forthcoming movie War Machine, representing the streaming service's biggest film acquisition so far. The satirical comedy is directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and based on Michael Hastings's bestselling book The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan.

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Michod also co-wrote the film, which is to be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, alongside World War Z's Ian Bryce. 

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"We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience," Pitt said in a press release.

"I'm humbled to be making a big, bold movie  about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches," Michôd added.

War Machine stars Pitt as a four-star U.S. military general determined to win the "impossible" war in Afghanistan. It's described as a "rip-roaring, behind-the-façade tale of modern war decision makers."

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"Brad and David are a perfect  team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film," said Netflix COO Ted Sarandos.

The movie will be available in theaters and to Netflix subscribers in 2016. 

Netflix made waves at the Cannes Film Festival last month by acquiring the worldwide distribution rights to the forthcoming Kevin James comedy The True Memoirs of An International Assassin. The service already has in place a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler, as well as the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation and the Jamie Dornan film Jadotville. 

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