Aaron Sorkin Keeps MONEYBALL Rolling
Last we heard, Moneyball had been derailed thanks to a difference in vision for the project from director Steven Soderbergh and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal. The screenplay was originally written by Steve Zaillian, but the studio opted for a different version when Soderbergh came on to the project to both write and direct (of which the latest draft incited the rift). The writer/director left the project, leaving star Brad Pitt and the Zaillian script hanging in a sort of limbo. It looks like Sony isnt’ giving up just yet though, as they have now hired Aaron Sorkin to rewrite the screenplay. They’re looking to move forward pretty quickly too, as Sorkin is set to turn in his version as soon as next month. Brad Pitt remains attached to star, but no director has been announced yet.
Sorkin is as talented a writer as they come, and the Sports Night scribe definitely knows a thing or two about writing both drama and comedy set in a sports world. Maybe his involvment will ground the project in a reality the studio can get onboard with (as Soderbergh’s take was reportedly kind of out-there), and we’ll finally be able to see the long-gestating project brought to life.
Check out the full Hollywood Reporter story here.