Friday, July 9, 2010

Michael Lewis’ Moneyball to Film in Oakland and will Star Brad Pitt

The San Francisco Chronicle ran the following article on Michael Lewis' Moneyball, which is being turned into a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Brad Pitt:

Coliseum to star in "Moneyball" movie

By Susan Slusser, Chronicle Staff Writer

A movie based on Michael Lewis' best-selling book "Moneyball," which was derailed after Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh left the project last summer, is heading full steam toward the Coliseum with a new director and a new script.

One constant: Brad Pitt still will star as Billy Beane in the story of how the A's general manager built winning teams with small-market payrolls, with the 2002 season as a backdrop.

Filming at the ballpark begins July 26 and runs through Aug. 5. Many of the stadium and clubhouse personnel will be taking part in the production.

Soderbergh's version called for "Moneyball" figures such as Art Howe to portray themselves, with the baseball scenes filmed primarily at spring-training sites in Arizona, as well as at the Coliseum. The new version, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bennett Miller ("Capote"), is taking another tack: Actors will rule the day (with Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Howe). The cast also includes Jonah Hill and Robin Wright…READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

**I recently read Lewis' newest, The Big Short, and it was absolutely great. He is an excellent writer. The Big Short is a current NYT Bestseller, therefore it is 20% off!

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