Moneyball is still in play

Pitt’s aboard and Aaron Sorkin will rewrite it…

Looks like based-on-reality baseball pic Moneyball might not be so dead after all.

Brad Pitt is apparently still attached and now The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin has been brought in to dig up and polish Steve Zaillian’s original script.

Notably, Steven Soderbergh is no longer planning to direct the film, which was shoved into “limited turnaround” – ie other studios could opt to buy it – before Sony decided to cling on and try to make it work.

We reported last month that the film was shut down over money and script worries, but now the studio seems intent on getting it back on its feet.

The plot follows team manager and former player Billy Beane, who gathered a successful baseball squad with limited resources based on a computer analysis program.

Sorkin has some experience writing sports-themed scripts – he was the main brain behind the short-lived, but ace Sports Night series that ran for two years. If you’ve never seen it and love Sorkin’s other work, we highly recommend it…

[Source: Variety]

The director hunt will now be on! Who will nab the job?