War Dogs (previously known as Arms and the Dudes) is a 2016 American biographical crime war comedy film directed by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips, Jason Smilovic and Stephen Chin, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. Lawson then wrote a book titled Arms and the Dudes detailing the story. The film follows two arms dealers, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, who get a government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The film stars Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc and Bradley Cooper. Filming began on March 2, 2015 in Romania. The film premiered in New York City on August 3, 2016 and is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 19, 2016.
Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.