If anyone needs further proof that military dramas are the new black, then the latest example may just drive the idea home. In an industry currently filled with productions centering on heroic servicemen set for the small and big screens, a new project set for an exponentially growing platform, starring an A-list actor, has joined the frantic fray.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will drop seven figures in a deal to acquire a Navy SEALs-themed film called War Party. Justifying the price tag, it was reported that Tom Hardy is set to star in the project, which will be produced by Ridley Scott by way of his Scott Free Films company. However, the deal was the result of a pitch by the film’s would-be director Andrew Dominik, a helmer with a sporadic, but poignant resume, having helmed the 2012 Brad-Pitt-starring crime thriller Killing Them Softly and the 2007 historical drama (and breakthrough platform for recent Oscar winner Casey Affleck,) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which also starred Brad Pitt as the titular martyred outlaw. – On an interesting sidenote, Pitt will soon appear in a similarly-titled Netflix military movie of his own called War Machine.
Other than the fact that the Tom Hardy-starring War Party will depict events based on the real-life missions of Navy SEALs, details are being kept tightly under wraps. Dominik, who directs his first feature since 2012, works off a screenplay he co-wrote with a burgeoning scribe named Harrison Query. The project also reunites Tom Hardy with Ridley Scott, whose Scott Free company co-produced the actor’s recently-renewed FX/BBC One dark historical series Taboo alongside his own Hardy, Son & Baker company.
As mentioned, there are A LOT of military-themed projects in the works across the entire industry, possibly due to the remaining momentum generated by director Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and the 2015 Awards Season accolades it garnered. In fact, War Party won’t even be the only military movie on Tom Hardy’s docket, since he will soon be seen on-camera returning for director Christopher Nolan as a pilot in July’s World War II epic Dunkirk.
War Party has apparently just put ink to paper for its initial distribution contract with Netflix, with no significant dates to announce as of yet.