Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh may reteam on “Moneyball,” Columbia Pictures’ long-gestating adaptation of Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”
According to Variety, Soderbergh is in talks to direct the project, while Pitt has been circling “Moneyball” for some time. Soderbergh and Pitt have reportedly been looking for an opportunity to reunite, while the director has always wanted to make a sports film.
In theory, “Moneyball” would count as a sports film. Steve Zaillian was the most recent screenwriter attached to the bestseller, which focuses on Billy Beane, a burnout as a minor league player who became general manager of the Oakland Athletics. Under Beane’s watch, the A’s championed a new strategy for player development and for a brief period the team was able to regularly make the playoffs despite a low payroll.
The challenge for Zaillian and Soderbergh would be making on-base percentage and drafting college players cinematic, or dealing with the fact that the Athletics’ Moneyball strategy failed to yield a single World Series appearance and hasn’t been working so well in Oakland in recent seasons.
Soderbergh, whose “Che” is slowly hitting theaters and whose “The Girlfriend Experience” sneaked at Sundance, had been expected to direct “Cleo,” a 3-D musical about Cleopatra and Mark Antony (Variety still keeps calling him “Marc” Antony). However, Hugh Jackman’s departure from the project has caused Soderbergh to push “Cleo” back until next year, giving the prolific helmer an opening on his dance card.
Pitt, an Oscar nominee for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” has been working on Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”
It’s unclear when “Moneyball” would be ready to shoot even if Pitt and Soderbergh both commit.