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Brad Pitt World War II Drama ‘Fury’ Acquired by Sony

The actor stars as a tank commander leading a five-man crew on a dangerous mission in director David Ayer's follow-up to "End of Watch"

Sony's Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic and most of the international distribution rights for David Ayer's World War II film "Fury," which stars Brad Pitt. The studio's president Doug Belgrad announced on Wednesday. 

“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.”

The film — set in April of 1945 at the very end of World War II — follows a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) and his 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 Nazi Germany.

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QED International is producing the war drama with John Lesher‘s Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Alex Ott is co-producing with director Ayer, who also wrote screenplay.

Principal photography is set to begin in September 2013, with hopes of releasing "Fury" on Nov. 14, 2014.