War Dogs, the latest comedy from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School), tells the unbelievable true story of two Americans who got themselves in the middle of some of the sketchiest arms deals in recent history.
Watch the hilarious new trailer for the flick above, and then pull up a chair for some background about the real-life scandal that the movie is based on...
At the height of the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon was urged by the Bush administration to withhold a certain portion of government contracts for small businesses. Little did they know that two ballsy twentysomethings from Miami would game the system in an attempt to win a $300 million contract for providing weapons for armed groups in the 'Stan.
Originally reported in a completely bonkers Rolling Stone article, the story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli is a tale of greed and ingenuity, incompetence and absurdity. And the real story is probably crazier than anything in the movie.
From Miami to Aghanistan, with stops in Iraq, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the two "war dogs" cut deals with sketchy suppliers, corrupt local officials and middlemen on terrorist watchlists, all so they could provide weapons for groups the US government couldn't publicly supply.
They were immensely successful until they took on a contract far beyond their capabilities, and brought the full scrutiny of the Pentagon down on their operations.
War Dogs looks like a winning comedic take on the tale, as well as an intriguing look into the military industrial complex. Frankly, we can't wait to see it.
(Congressional hearing after discovery of Packouz and Diveroli's operation)