Rob Neyer reports that the revived Moneyball movie has dropped Demetri Martin from the role of assistant GM Paul DePodesta and instead gone with Jonah Hill. Paul DePodesta just threw a chair at the wall. [SweetSpot]
Bennett Miller, the guy who did the Truman Capote movie that didn't subject us to Peter Bogdanovich's acting, will direct. He replaces Steven Soderbergh, who was traded to the White Sox for three prospects and a reliever. [Variety, via NYMag]
Columbia has enlisted Sorkin, the sanctimonious West Wing creator last seen making Ed Asner say "Macau" over and over, to write a draft of the star-crossed Moneyball script. Such waste. Such inefficiency. Somebody could write a bestselling book about this.
The Sony Pictures executive who pulled the plug on Moneyball says that Steven Soderbergh changed the original script because he didn't want anything in the movie that didn't actually happen. So Billy Beane isn't a sweaty, foul-mouthed, Hooters waitress slayer?
It looks like Moneyball might not be coming to the big screen anytime soon because director Steven Soderbergh tinkered with the script and everyone realized that a movie version of the book made about as much sense as Joe Morgan.
Break out the baseball puns! Columbia has dropped Steven Soderbergh's Moneyball adaptation like an overvalued, arbitration-eligible pitcher after a career year. Why, it's as if producers made a running, 20-foot backhand flip to cut down the movie at the plate.
Soderbergh has almost committed, but Pitt's on board to star in film adaptation of "Moneyball". Scott Hatteberg was originally supposed to be played by Joaquin Phoenix. Dude went crazy, though. [Variety]