The movie Moneyball has been in the works since 2008, when Columbia Pictures had Brad Pitt attached to star as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, David Frankel (Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada) set to direct and Steven Zaillian (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) adapting the script from Michael Lewis' nonfiction bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Director Steven Soderbergh eventually replaced Frankel, but mere days before shooting began, Columbia pulled the plug after Sony Chairman Amy Pascal read Soderbergh's rewrite and disagreed with his unorthodox narrative structure that included using documentary techniques. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) was hired to rewrite the script, but Soderbergh was out, with director Bennett Miller (Capote) eventually replacing him.
With all the behind the scenes drama behind the production, the first trailer for the baseball biopic has finally been revealed, showing the eccentric Beane (Pitt) and his assistant (Jonah Hill) putting together a competitive baseball team with a small (in professional baseball terms) salary. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.16.11 by Ryan
This morning's big news is that John Grogan's bestselling memoir about his crazy dog, Marley & Me, is going to be made into a movie. Owen Wilson will star as Grogan and Jennifer Aniston as his wife, as the two try to survive family life with the world's most insane yet lovable lab. We know it sounds sappy, but we read the book and it was good.
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct, says Variety.
In other news, Bachelor No. 2 and The Young Victoria are both filling out their casts.
Jason Biggs (yes, he of the pie porking in American Pie) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Related) will take supporting roles as the best friends in the Dane Cook-Kate Hudson romantic comedy Bachelor No. 2, says The Hollywood Reporter. And Variety is reporting that Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) and Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, The Pianist) have joined the cast of the Scorsese-produced Queen Victoria biopic, The Young Victoria. Bettany will play Victoria's advisor Lord Melbourne and Kretschmann will play King Leopold of Belgium. Posted 08.20.07 by reelz