MONEYBALL Moves Closer to Greenlight

Call him “the Nicholas Sparks of nonfiction.”

Michael Lewis is on a roll. His book on the financial crisis, The Big Short, is topping best seller lists, the movie based his football book, The Blind Side grossed $287 million worldwide and won an Oscar for Sandra Bullock. The tie-in has been on best seller list for months.

Now, it looks like a movie of his book on baseball, Moneyball, will finally begin production. According to Michael Fleming, reporting for the web site, Deadline New York, Sony Pictures is talking about a July start date, starring Brad Pitt as the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane.

The movie had been caught in production hell; last year, days before it was scheduled to start shooting under the direction of Steven Soderbergh, Sony, unhappy with the script, pulled the plug.

A new script, by Aaron Sorkin, seems to please everyone including new director Bennett Miller, whose most recent film is Capote.

All it needs now is the approval of Major League Baseball; without that, the filmmakers will not be able to use official logos and uniforms or shoot in stadiums.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Michael Lewis
Retail Price: $13.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2004-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0393324818 / 9780393324815

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