Just when it was looking like baseball flick Moneyball was set for the knackers yard, a bit of re-jigged casting seems to have breathed new life into the ailing drama.
The story of the how 2002’s successful Oakland A’s side were assembled on a miniscule budget, Moneyball has been lingering in production hell ever since original director Steven Soderbergh was shown the door last year.
Soderbergh’s documentary-style might not have been to Sony’s taste, but star Brad Pitt is still attached, and will now be joined by Superbad star Jonah Hill.
Hill is set to appear as Harvard graduate Paul DePodesta, the statistician whose mathematical approach revitalised the A’s strategy to great effect. The role was initially earmarked for comedian Demetri Martin before Soderbergh’s departure, but this recasting hopefully suggests the wheels are moving once again.
With Capote helmer Bennet Miller in place to direct, and Aaron Sorkin drafted in to tinker with an existing script, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this one might yet turn into a winner. If it does, it’ll be an against-the-odds tale to match the one on screen!
Looking forward to a new baseball movie, or still haunted by For Love Of The Game?