Aaron Sorkin, fresh off the draft of the Facebook movie presumably, has signed on to do a rewrite of the Moneyball script to get things back on track. Uh…holla! This is awesome. Sorkin + sports + strategy + jargony insider stuff = the dream. Also, Brad Pitt speaking in Sorkinese might be my new most-treasured fantasy.
The Moneyball movie has been tough to get off the ground: The book, while fantastic, never screamed “make me a movie,” unless you really and truly love statistics. Then Steven Soderbergh abruptly left the project when he and the studio disagreed on the direction (ho, ho) the film was taking. But the power of baseball endures! All is not lost!
I actually do really and truly love statistics (math majors in the haaa-ooowwws!), so I was going to see Moneyball no matter what, but now I’m actually excited. There’s a really human story at the center of all the business and strategy in the book, and Sorkin’s calling card is weaving emotion and narrative into otherwise dry material. Here’s a clip from Sports Nightin which Dan describes one of his favorite sports moments of all time, and if Sorkin’s Moneyball can capture some of that enthusiasm and raw devotion, it will trump Bull Durham as my favorite baseball movie.
Who’s with me, PopWatchers? Are you going to step up to the plate on this one, or are you going to stay on the bench? More baseball metaphors, you say? Oh, there are so many I just can’t get the bat off my shoulder.