Soderbergh off Moneyball
Moneyball was supposed to see Steven Soderbergh and Brad Pitt teaming up. That was until the project was pulled a few days before filming.
Now it looks like Soderbergh is off the film for good. And Brad Pitt might be too.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game was going to star Brad Pitt as Billy Beane. He was a former baseball player who became coach of the Oakland A's. And despite having a small budget, he used computer statistics to pick a pretty competitive team. Steven Soderbergh was down to direct.
At the end of last month though, the plug was pulled just days before filming was due to start. The studio didn't like the re-writes to the script that Soderbergh had done, and wanted the film to be more like Steven Zaillian's script. Soderbergh was given a limited time to get another studio to film it, but he had no luck.
Now The New York Times, through Playlist, say that the film is back with the original studio, Sony, and Steven Soderbergh is no longer directing. They want to make the original script. But apparently the changes Soderbergh made, were designed to get the Major League Baseball people on board. A representative of theirs said as much:
Typically, on a film like this, we look at it for historical accuracy. We’ve been in touch with Soderbergh and Sony, and they’ve been receptive to our requests.
So it seems that the changes made by Soderbergh, although pleasing for the MLB, made the film less palatable for the studio. Now it looks like Soderbergh is moving on. We shall see if Sony ever make the original script they had in mind. And if they still have Brad Pitt on board, he is rumoured to be looking for another project too.