Brad Pitt Looks to Produce Holocaust Film

September 19, 2012  

American actor Brad Pitt, who has also become an in-demand producer in recent years, is looking to produce a film adaptation of the best-seller “IBM and the Holocaust,” which details the business dealings of the American-based multinational corporation, International Business Machines, and its German and other European subsidiaries with the government of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s and the years of World War II.

The book, written by investigative journalist Edwin Black in 2001, describes how Thomas Watson, one of the heads of IBM in 1933, entered a 12-year partnership with the Nazis, during which IBM developed tools that the Germans used to label, isolate and locate Jews.

There were no computers back then, but IBM had developed punch cards, a primitive form of recorded digital information, that were used as databases for German communities and government offices. This method was later used to keep records of inmates at concentration camps.

According to the book, IBM planned, developed and provided technical support for more than 2,000 information systems across Germany. They operated a card sorting system that was used to monitor inmates, transport them and catalog their belongings after their deaths.

Pitt, who owns the rights to the book, tried to produce the film in cooperation with HBO as a made-for-television endeavor, but apparently no agreement could be reached between the two parties. Now Pitt is looking for another cable network to partner with. Should he fail to find a partner, the movie may be adapted into a screen film.

Pitt is rumored to possibly star in the project. The 48-year-old actor starred as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, who recruits eight Jewish-American soldiers for a Nazi-killing mission in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 war film, Inglourious Basterds.

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