Bennett Miller in Negotiations to Direct Moneyball
12.06.09 by BJSprecher
It appears as if Moneyball, the long in-development movie based on the popular book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, is back on track after a series of setbacks threatened to permanently derail the picture. According to THR, Bennett Miller (Capote) is in negotiations to direct, with Brad Pitt still attached to star.
Based on the true story of the Oakland A's manager Billy Beane and his unusual strategy for success, the script for Moneyball was originally written by Stan Chervin, but Steve Zaillian also worked on a draft of the script. Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (The Informant) was initially attached to direct, but he was let go back in June over rumors that the studio did not agree with the unorthodox narrative structure he had planned for the movie. Following Soderbergh's dismissal, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was hired to pen a draft of the script, which will likely serve as the basis for the movie going forward.