'Moneyball' steps up to the plate at long last

Brad-PittImage Credit: Jon Furniss/WireImage.comRoughly a year after it was supposed to start shooting, the Brad Pitt-led Moneyball is thisclose to finally getting under way, according to Deadline.com. At last! The current incarnation — adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) — could start filming in July. Pitt is set to play Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s GM, and Jonah Hill will play stats guru Paul DePodesta.

Michael Lewis’ fantastic book is full of tense, high-stakes scenes where characters spew jargon, and backstories and personal beefs often affect outcomes; if that’s not Sorkin’s wheelhouse, I don’t know what is. (And I secretly hope Moneyball winds up sounding like comedy writer Ken Levine’s imagined Sorkin/baseball series.)

Combining baseball, nerdery, and Brad Pitt spells total bliss to me. What about you, PopWatchers? Are you still betting on Moneyball, or does it scream strike out?

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  • Vonda

    Ah crap, now I have to finish the book.

    The real Billy Beane looks great for his age!

  • Celia

    Brad Pitt AND Jonah Hill…sweet!

  • Evan

    They waited just long enough for all of the prospects Beane wanted to fizzle out, unfortunately. There’s a valid question as to whether the emperor actually had no clothes, ie, did Beane just get once-in-a-generation lucky with three starters?

    • Tuzo

      Evan, you make a good point — I’m not sure it’s a debate that will ever be settled. One thing for sure is that Beane was on the leading edge. Perhaps his edge has been negated by other teams also incorporating his ideas into their organizations? Or maybe he was just lucky? :)

  • Kyle

    What does this mean for The Lost City of Z? Isn’t that what Pitt’s current beard is for? He certainly looks like Perry Fawcett, the character he’s playing. Anything on that project?

    • Celia

      He’ll probably film that first and then do Moneyball.

  • Dan

    The genius of Moneyball wasn’t the scouting, it was the way they looked at stats and found deficiencies in the market. The way they brought OBP, slugging and all the rest into the mainstream won’t go away just because Jeremy Brown and Scott Hatteberg stink.

  • casmir22

    Sounds like a perfect match for PItt. He’s good with sly, quick dialogue – with a twinkle in his eye. He mixes drama, humour well.

  • janelle

    I’m excited. I’ve always found Pitt to be a good actor. People just focus on his personal life.

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