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SPORTS NIGHT’s Aaron Sorkin To Re-Script Sony’s Major League Baseball Story MONEYBALL!!

I am – Hercules!!

“Moneyball” is suddenly looking rich again. Sony has hired superstar screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “Sports Night,” “The West Wing,” “Studio 60,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”) to knock out a new draft of the baseball tale that until very recently was to directed by Brad Pitt’s “Ocean’s 11” director, Steven Soderbergh. The studio apparently wasn’t loving Soderbergh’s re-write of a draft by Steve Zailian (“Searching For Bobby Fischer,” “Schindler’s List”), so it hired Sorkin to pick up where Zaillian left off. Pitt is still attached to play Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. The project is based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” which examines how Beane maintained his team's extraordinary record with the smallest payroll in Major League Baseball. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • July 9, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Word

    by p0llk4t

    To your mother!

  • July 9, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I love baseball

    by growltiger

    And although I am not slavishly devoted to Sabremetrics, Billy Beane sure made it work for the Athletics. <p> That said, what is the point of this movie? What audience are they seeking? I am assume that with Sorkin, et. al. involved they are not looking to make a hard hitting documentary on statistics and baseball.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Is he back on the shrooms?

    by FastEddie8139

    I hope Sorkin can manage to shoehorn in all his resentments about getting canned from "The West Wing" and not getting to bang Kristin Chenoweth, like he did with "Studio 60."

  • July 9, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I dont understand how this a movie.

    by Timahh

    I've read the book, and it is essentially a guide to using statistics to make a "complete" and efficient Baseball team. I really don't get this as a movie. But when Sports Night was on, i decided to see everything Sorkin has and will do....so i guess I'll at least rent this.(that is if it ever gets made.)

  • July 9, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    this project is a phoenix...

    by codymr

    ...rising from the ashes.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Because baseball players and owners...

    by jimmy_009

    ...usually sound like witty, fast talkin' intellectuals. Good move getting Sorkin since that's all he writes.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    another

    by frank cotton

    complete waste of time, money, film, etc.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Great. Who plays Scott Hattieburg?

    by Sal_Bando

    I kinda liked the idea of a CGI Bill James too. Neat. Try it.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Oh that would be funny.

    by Sal_Bando

    Harold Knowles meets Bill James. FOOD FIGHT!!

  • July 9, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Starring Shane Victorino as a donkey's shit-covered rectum

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 9, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Chase Utley as snail vomit

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 9, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    and Derek Jeter as zoo janitor

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 9, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    They should call this one Sony's MLB...

    by Johnno

    That way it could be a videogame movie!

  • July 9, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Will he leave half way through to work on another

    by lockesbrokenleg

    lawyer show?

  • July 9, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    So. "Arli$$" from the other point of view.

    by MCVamp

    Wasn't funny then, either. Or is this supposed to be a drama? Brad Pitt is the only thing that raises MONEYBALL above the status of 90's-era HBO Original Movie. Seriously. With or without Sorkin or Soderbergh, this will be lucky to make its money back.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Timahh & jimmie_009: you got it

    by growltiger

    So will we be treated to Steve Schott swanning about the corridors of Oakland-Alameda Stadium (or whatever it was called back then) with Billie Beane, Tony La Russa (whoops, put on the bus by ownership due to costs), well whoever, and enjoying witty baseball statistical banter. Yup, just like West Wing.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I FINALLY get Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night! It's too good to be f

    by Tall_Boy66

    Lick the toad to get enlightened.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    unny!

    by Tall_Boy66

    Comedy that's too good to be funny.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Too bad Gary Ross is busy, eh?

    by YackBacker

    Herc, I don't like the way you treat Soderbergh in your piece. He's not ANYBODY'S director! He's no slave like Anakin Skywalker...

  • July 9, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Ugh, what a BEAUTIFUL piece of television..

    by DanielKurland

    Krause, Malina, and Charles really, really, really knock it out of the park. Sports Night blows me away every time I watch it. "You're wearing my shirt, Gordon."

  • July 9, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    FastEddie...

    by DanielKurland

    He did bang her. He's just not any more.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Capitalism: A Love Story <-- Michael Moore's new title

    by BrandLoyalist

    Money... capitalism... it's an on topic post. Now let's fight! Bring on the hyperlibertarian anarchists! Time for you to admit to the many advantages of a mixed economy.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    (Michael Moore's new title)

    by BrandLoyalist

    (Would you believe, part of my subject with his name was devoured by a left pointy brace)

  • July 9, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Locke

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think you're thinking of David E Kelley.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Is ScriptGirl finally gone?

    by blckmgk13

    It seems like a month since I last saw an update. Not that I really care, I am just curious as to if all the haters won out finally?

  • July 9, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I love Soderbergh but...

    by TheSeeker7

    I have to admit, the idea of him "rewriting" a script by the likes of Steve Zallian does sound a little odd. I mean, I'm pretty sure that Stevie Z's got some chops.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Is MLB going to let this flick use their license?

    by Heckles

    NFL is really strict with their property. MLB is more liberal, but still.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Dammit, blckmgk13... maybe they forgot

    by Heckles

    Just pretend we didn't bring it up. Maybe AICN will finally forgot the titty-full waste of space.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, where's script girl?

    by Mennen

    we miss her.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Damn your tits!

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    "Too late" -Igor

  • July 10, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Script is great.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Fuck Brad Pitt, fussy motherfucker.

  • July 10, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Analysis of both Moneyball drafts at Scriptshadow

    by geraldbeans

    http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2009/06/what-happened-tomoneyball.html

  • July 10, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Original script

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Searching For Bobby Fischer? Schindler's List? The guy can write a fucking screenplay, why let Aaron Sorkin fuck with it with his soulless, corporate sheen? And why the fuck did Soderbergh try to improve on it in the first place? Has the motion picture industry ever had a more hit-or-miss personality than Soderbergh. He's either good or god-awful embarrasingly terrible. But the guy that wrote Bobby Fischer needs Soderbergh's thumbprints all over his work. Fucking Hollywood, I forgot Fischer and Schindler's list weren't major blockbuster hits so the guy must be a shit writer.

  • July 10, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Soderbergh's Moneyball

    by Time Child

    According to the LA Times, he wanted the movie to reflect the way things really happened, working in interviews with the people who were actually involved. Which I think would have been cool. But it probably would have bored the shit out of most people.

  • July 10, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Tremendous sports novel

    by Kammich

    "Moneyball" was one of the best sports books I've ever read, and certainly the best baseball book I've ever read. The revelation of sabermetrics has become household talk among baseball fans these days, but it was revolutionary when Lewis wrote about it in Moneyball. I'm just... not sure how this becomes a movie. I guess you'd have to focus on Beane's much-hyped high school athletic career, leading to his general failure in the MLB, his stint playing in Japan... and then transition into his role as a front office exex. But, outside of truly, truly die hard baseball fans... who the hell is going to see that movie? Another one of Lewis's books has been in development for awhile, "The Blind Side," and that is ripe material for a good movie. Its all about the amazing story of a hopeless inner city kid who ends becoming the starting left tackle for Ole Miss, and eventually, a 1st round pick for the Ravens. I'd love to see that movie get made.