Moneyball to begin filming this month

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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New Moneyball Actor

Stephen Bishop will suit up as slugger David Justice in the Brad Pitt baseball movie “Moneyball,” which begins shooting in two weeks in Los Angeles.

The Columbia project is based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 nonfiction book about Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane and his strategy for building a successful team without paying players enormous salaries.

A longtime member of the Atlanta Braves, Justice played his final MLB season, 2002, for the A’s, who made the playoffs that year. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman also star in the Bennett Miller-directed movie.

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Hoffman, Wright in talks for ‘Moneyball’

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright are in early talks to join Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball.” If Hoffman’s deal comes together, project would reteam the thesp with helmer Bennett Miller, who directed Hoffman to a best actor Oscar in “Capote.”

After pulling the plug on the baseball-themed pic once before, the studio is readying “Moneyball” for a July start date in Los Angeles.

Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book, story centers on the 2002 Oakland Athletics, who were led by general manager Billy Beane (Pitt) to an excellent season despite having the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues. Hoffman would play team manager Art Howe, who frequently clashed with Beane over strategic decisions.

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Moneyball is on again?

Columbia Pictures is locking in a July start date for the Bennett Miller-directed Moneyball. The picture is close to getting a green light after the above the line participants adjusted their deals to bring the film’s budget down from near $60 million to somewhere in the vicinity of $47 million. The budget gyrations have played out over the last month, and the effort was helped by the delivery of the latest rewrite by Aaron Sorkin that has everybody excited about making the film. The participants seemed to take to heart the message of the Michael Lewis Moneyball book, which was about how Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane hurt his playing career becoming a bonus baby phenom who signed for the money, and then remade himself as a baseball executive who fielded winning A’s teams with a fraction of the payroll that rivals were spending.

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Jonah Hill Says He Won’t Ruin ‘Moneyball

Jonah Hill has certainly made a name for himself on the comedy circuit with roles in “Superbad” and the upcoming “Get Him to the Greek,” but he’s a significantly lesser known quantity when it comes to dramatic film fare. But Hill is taking the plunge away from comedy by signing on to star opposite Brad Pitt in director Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball,” currently speculated to shoot in June.

Hill is well aware that there’s some skepticism from fans about his involvement in “Moneyball” as Paul DePodesta, but the actor has a hard time believing that his participation will ruin the film.

“Aaron Sorkin wrote the script, Bennett Miller who directed ‘Capote’ is directing it, and Brad Pitt is the other star besides me in the movie — and somehow, I’ve ruined the movie without even having done anything in it,” he joked in an interview with MTV News at this weekend’s South by Southwest festival. “That’s how powerful my crappiness is. I mean, come on.”

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Demetri Martin Drops Out of Moneyball, Replaced by Jonah Hill

Hey, remember Moneyball? How could you not? The film meant to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, which was famously shut down at the eleventh hour by Sony chief Amy Pascal, is still going forward. Bennett Miller is directing from a new script by Aaron Sorkin. Original star Brad Pitt remains part of the equation (which seems miraculous) but his co-star has changed. No longer will Demetri Martin play the young statistician that helps Oakland A’s manager make baseball history. Now it will be Jonah Hill.
ESPN has the news about Hill. Columnist Rob Neyer says he talked to Michael Lewis, author of the source book Moneyball: The Art to Winning an Unfair Game, who gave up the info that Martin was out and Hill is in. Rumors of the trade have been circulating for a week or so, but this is the first printed confirmation I’ve seen. That it comes from Lewis, rather than one of the film’s producers, is interesting, but I don’t think that makes it any less legit.
Jonah Hill will play Paul DePodesta, a Harvard grad who skipped over Wall St. jobs and instead went to work for A’s manager Billy Beane. The duo put DePodesta’s ‘Earned Run Value’ statistical system to work and built a winning team for peanuts.

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Billy Beane on Brad

From an interview with the real Billy Beane.

Billy Beane on Money Ball & Brad Pitt – I asked Billy if he was happy that the “Money Ball” movie got picked up by another production company. He said that it’s great that the movie is going to be made after all. I then asked him how he felt about someone like Brat Pitt to be playing his character. Billy laughing a little said that it would be much more exciting if he was 25 and single! He also said that Brad Pitt came over to visit his Danville home. Telling me that both his nanny who is a very casual dresser and wife got all made up when he came over. He thought it was very funny that his wife got up at 6am to get ready for Brad’s visit. I then asked if Angelina came with Brad and he said that unfortunately she didn’t. I bet if Angelina came over Billy would have been up at 6am getting ready! Lol

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