Variety reports that Steven Soderbergh is in early talks to direct Moneyball
, the Columbia Pictures adaptation of the Michael Lewis book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game
.” Brad Pitt is set to star in the film.
Soderbergh is looking to make the picture his next directing assignment. He had been expected to next direct “Cleo,” the musical about the fatal romance between Egyptian queen Cleopatra and Roman general Marc Antony. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman were lined up to star. However, Soderbergh decided to push back the film until next year, after Jackman dropped out due to scheduling problems.
Pitt, with whom Soderbergh has worked in all of the “Ocean’s” films, has been circling “Moneyball” since last year, when Zaillian signed on to adapt the book.
The book focuses on Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane
, as he used sophisticated computer analysis system to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series despite possessing a payroll dramatically lower than big-market rivals like the New York Yankees.
It's hard to see how this will be adopted for a major film and also if it will appeal to the general audiences and not just avid baseball fans. What do you think?