By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Though I'm not all that into sports -- I love playing them not watching them -- the story behind salary caps has a take that doesn't only capture my interest, but Brad Pitt and Stever Soderbergh's as well. In comes Moneyball, the adaptation of Michael Lewis' book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Columbia Pictures is adapting the book and hoping the two come aboard. I have so far yet to be contacted. (mind the sarcasm, it's Friday)
Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh in Talks for Moneyball
Moneyball focuses on Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who used a sophisticated computer analysis system to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series despite a payroll dramatically lower than such big-market rivals as the New York Yankees.
Brad Pitt has been circling the project since last year. David Frankel once had been attached to direct off a script by Stan Chervin, but both exited the project. Should work out in Columbia's favor, however, as it Soderbergh joins there is a strong chance Pitt will follow. Scribe Steven Zaillian has been brought in to write the script.
Soderbergh has always wanted to make a sports film and having Pitt in orbit definitely caught his attention. See? A match made in heaven. If all works out, Soderbergh is looking to make the picture his next directing assignment.
Soderbergh was next supposed to direct Cleo, a musical about the disastrous romance between Cleopatra and Roman general Marc Antony. The film's production got pushed, however, when Hugh Jackman dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.