No one would have guessed that David Ayer’s chaotic cop drama End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena would be a box office success. The film with a budget of only $7 million ended up bringing in a total of $48,126,384 in the global box office. That is what I’d call a success. David Ayer is wasting no time and has his next directorial project lined up with Columbia Pictures. The film, titled Fury, is an action drama that is set during World War II. With production set to start this fall, Ayer has casted Oscar-nominated actor Brad Pitt in the leading role.
Set in April 1945 at the tail end of WWII in Nazi Germany, the story follows Allied troops commanded by a martial army sergeant called Wardaddy (Pitt). As the troops who are outnumbered and outgunned make a last ditch effort to drive their way in the European Theater, a Sherman tank and her crew find themselves tapped behind enemy lines on a deadly mission. Led by Wardaddy, the five-man unit finds the cards stacked against them as the attempt to strike at the core of Nazi Germany.
The script for Fury, written by Ayer himself, was reportedly picked up for close to a million dollars. Columbia Pictures picked up domestic and international distribution rights to the film and has set the production on fast track.
Columbia Pictures must have a lot of faith in this project since they plan to release Fury in theaters on November 14th, 2014, a week after Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and a week before The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1. Check back for more updates as they come our way.