Brad Pitt has signed on to star in and produce the Afghanistan war drama The Operators, with David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) coming aboard to write the screenplay, produce and direct.

The project is adapted from Michael Hastings' best-selling book that charts the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Michael Hastings was a journalist for Rolling Stone, who was invited to accompany Stanley McChrystal on a trip across Europe to get additional support for the U.S. war effort, where the General and his staff let off steam by bashing President Barack Obama's administration for lack of leadership.

After the article was published months later, it set off a political firestorm, leading to Stanley McChrystal's dismissal. The book picks up after the Rolling Stone controversy was ignited, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at U.S. military commanders and patrol missions in Afghanistan.

Brad Pitt is portraying Stanley McChrystal and producing with his Plan B Productions partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. New Regency and RatPac Entertainment are also producing. No production schedule was given.

Plan B is coming off their Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave, and Brad Pitt will next be seen in the World War II drama Fury. David Michôd's next film, The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce, hits theaters July 18.