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Moneyball gets director

12.05.2009
Baseball flick MONEYBALL, starring Brad Pitt, has found its new head coach in Oscar-nominated director Bennett Miller.

Miller, whose last work was CAPOTE in 2006, will helm the story written by powerhouse scriptwriters Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (based on Michael Lewis's best-selling book) about "Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who defied conventional wisdom and even his own scouts by fielding a baseball team of castoffs to create the ultimate underdogs en route to one of the most unlikely winning streaks in the history of professional sports."

MONEYBALL had originally been a Steven Soderbergh project, but the director got yanked off the film just days before principal shooting was set to begin due to rewrites the director had made. Shame.
Extra Tidbit: I didn't get into the central conceit of "Moneyball" in the article because it would've gotten too long, but it's pretty fascinating if you're into numbers, analysis, and, well, baseball at all. Watch out for spoilers.
Source: Variety

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