A movie based on Michael Lewis’ best-selling book “Moneyball,” which was derailed after Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh left the project last summer, is heading full steam toward the Coliseum with a new director and a new script.
One constant: Brad Pitt still will star as Billy Beane in the story of how the A’s general manager built winning teams with small-market payrolls, with the 2002 season as a backdrop.
Filming at the ballpark begins July 26 and runs through Aug. 5. Many of the stadium and clubhouse personnel will be taking part in the production.
Soderbergh’s version called for “Moneyball” figures such as Art Howe to portray themselves, with the baseball scenes filmed primarily at spring-training sites in Arizona, as well as at the Coliseum. The new version, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote”), is taking another tact: Actors will rule the day (with Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Howe). The cast also includes Jonah Hill and Robin Wright.
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