One of our favorite film festivals here at MADE, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is kicking off its 2017 festivities this week. Known for its wide range of genres, independent films, and documentaries, TIFF is the unofficial audition for the annual film-awards season that wraps with the Academy Awards celebrations every February. This years entries are no exception. Some of the more anticipated showings are documentaries surrounding Grace Jones (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami), Barack Obama (The Final Year), and Lady Gaga (Gaga: Five Foot Two), as well as an under-the-radar entry from comedian Louis CK (I Love You, Daddy) that will appear in black and white. As always there is a plethora of noteworthy entries, so many, in fact, that it seems impossible to filter out a ‘most anticipated’ list.
The Operators is a non-fiction novel from author Michael Hastings, which follows the real-life story of General Stanley McChrystal, who lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan during the War on Terror. Hastings traveled to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010 and published an article in Rolling Stone based on his observations of McChrystal and his staff relaxing and openly criticizing Obama and his administration, which lead to McChrystal’s dismissal from duty. Hastings published the book The Operators in 2012 and now that novel will be the inspiration for a new movie from director David Michod, and Brad Pitt may be aiming to star in the project. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will be producing the film under Pitt’s production company, Plan B, which will also receive assistance from New Regency Productions and RatPac Entertainment to finance the project. The movie is still early in pre-production so we’ll have to wait for more news. Stay tuned.