Aaron Sorkin taking a swing at 'Moneyball'

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.

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  • Ceballos

    I thought having Sorkin take a shot at this script was a good idea BEFORE I made the “Sports Night” connection.
    Should be pretty great if he can pull it off, and I honestly can’t think of anyone better for the reason stated. (“Sorkin’s calling card is weaving emotion and narrative into otherwise dry material.”)

  • Alex

    When it was first announced, I wasn’t planning on seeing “Moneyball” (love baseball and stats, but hate complete slavery to sabermetrics). But now, I’m a little more interested. Brad Pitt speaking “Sorkin” could be great.

  • Dave

    I hope with all this great detail, Sorkin realizes it was a three game playoff series to send the Giants to the World Series in ’51 and not merely a “playoff game”.

  • Noizeegirl

    I have no idea what Moneyball is, but if Sorkin is involved I will see it. That man has an amazing way with words.

  • Jelana

    I’ll follow Sorkin wherever he goes. As for the clip: 1) thanks; and 2) I was in the ladies room at Vet Stadium when Jeff Juden, the Phillies pitcher, hit a grand slam. Appreciate the reminder of that.

  • redmolly

    Should be pretty great Sorkin’s “Sports Night” was one of the best shows on TV.

  • Youtuber

    GO to Youtube and watch
    its a hilarious and adorable video!!

  • Nix

    I hate Brad Pitt, I hate the A’s and I hate Sorkinese. But I might see this movie.

  • Jakeem

    Dave is correct! The Giants captured the 1951 National League pennant by winning two out of three playoff games against the Dodgers. If they had been American League teams, there would have been one playoff game.

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