Brad Pitt

Brad PittBrad Pitt will star in David Ayer’s World War II epic drama, Fury,” which has an anticipated release date of Nov. 14, 2014.

Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution and much of the international distribution rights to “Fury,” it was announced Wednesday by QED International CEO Bill Block and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. QED is producing the film with John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Alex Ott is co-producing the feature with Ayer. Principal photography is set to begin in September 2013.

The war flick features Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy who commands a Sherman tank and five man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. The film is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Nazi regime collapses, Wardaddy and his crew battle the desperate German army. Sounds bloody!

“We loved this script from the moment we read it,” Belgrad said. “This is epic and authentic storytelling at its finest, and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with David Ayer and Brad Pitt on this incredible story of sacrifice and heroism.”

QED and the studio previously partnered on the worldwide hit, Neill Blomkapp’s “District 9.” “Fury” is Ayer’s second film with QED, which is financing and producing his ensemble action thriller “Ten,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos, and which is set for release from Open Road Films in January 2014. “Fury” also reteams Ayer with John Lesher, who produced his last film, “End of Watch.”

Movie fans will recall Pitt is experienced at fighting Nazis. He did it once before in another blood and guts film: Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

So far, no other members of the cast for “Fury” have been announced.


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