Columbia Pictures will distribute director David Ayer's new WW II action film "Fury", starring Brad Pitt as a 'Sherman' tank commander, according to financier 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 start in September 2013 and Columbia anticipates releasing "Fury", November 14, 2014 :
"...'Fury' is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named 'Wardaddy' (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
"Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Third Reich Germany..."
"We loved this script from the moment we read it", said Columbia's Belgrad. "This is epic and authentic storytelling at its finest and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with David Ayer ("End OfWatch") and Brad Pitt on this incredible story of sacrifice and heroism."
The last actor to make a lasting impression on film commanding a WW II Sherman tank was Donald Sutherland as 'Sgt. Oddball' in "Kelly's Heroes" (1970).
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