Brad Pitt film 'Moneyball' put in turnaround

Just days before it was to begin shooting, Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh's baseball drama Moneyball has been put in turnaround, Variety is reporting. According to the report, Columbia Pictures president Amy Pascal made the decision on Friday after reading the final draft of the script, by Oscar-winners Soderbergh and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List), deeming it too different from earlier versions. The film was scheduled to begin shooting Monday, June 22. Pascal's move means the filmmakers may scramble to find another distributor (Variety says Warner Bros. and Paramount are possibilities). If they're unsuccessful, the film, based on Michael Lewis' 2003 book about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, may be delayed or even scrapped completely.

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  • Alice

    That sucks. I think he was going to be shooting in Oakland and I happen to live nearby.

  • Denise White

    really unbelievable that a studio head would be so stupid to have ‘not read a script’ 3 days before shooting was to begin…written by Oscar Winner Zaillian..Oscar winner Soderbergh and starring the biggest star in the world. Amy Pascal should be fired…so all the crew and everybody is not supposed to be paid on 3 days notice. Great way for a major movie studio to behave. What’s the real story?

  • Jeff

    That is big news. Great screenwriter, one of the best directors currently working and probably the biggest movie star in the world and it’s put in turnaround? That must have been a bad script although I find that hard to believe from Zailian’s track record.

  • Elizabeth

    If only fans of every MLB team that subscribed to this mindset could scrap the GMs like the movie was… I will miss getting to see David Justice again though.

  • bruno

    wow. thank god for amy pascal…i mean seriously. without her movies might actually get made…and be good!!! what. a. joke.

  • Laurel Reininger

    How sad to wait till the last minute to scrap a Brad Pitt movie.He is the best actor, wonderful partner to Angelina Jolie
    and great Dad to 6 children. He can’t make a bad movie. Anything he is in is fantastic. He is so artistic so gorgeous. There will never be another star to equal Brad Pitt!!!

  • Butters

    That guy @ Columbia picture is a jerk. He obviously did not read the script ’til the last minute.

  • “That guy”?

    There’s a guy at Columbia named “Amy”? He must have been teased a lot as a kid…

  • scorpio9094

    “never be another star like Brad Pitt”. Are you kidding? He, along with most of todays Hollywood are nowhere near being the kind of stars the movies had in the 40’s and 50’s.

  • DeCist

    It sounds like the studio wants a safe and by-the-book movie while Soderbergh has a real vision for the film. Soderbergh was an ace ball player as a youngster and is probably a great person to get the right feel of the game. This book and Billy Beane have a real following.
    Baseball is really popular in the lucrative Asian markets. Fans everywhere will love the interviews with the real athletes.

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  • harry

    noooooo not again!!!

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  • gem

    Something is very wrong with this story. She didn’t read the script until Friday? Hardly seems likely. Like to know the “real” reason for pulling out financing at this late hour.

  • gem

    Can’t believe this is the “real” story for pulling financing on a film so close to it’s start date. She didn’t read the script unitl Friday? There has to be something else going on here.

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