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Brad Pitt's New Movie Shuts Down Before Shooting

06/22/2009 at 08:30 AM EDT

Brad Pitt's New Movie Shuts Down Before Shooting
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There's no such thing as a sure thing – apparently in Hollywood, too. Only days before Brad Pitt's new movie, the $50-million-plus baseball drama Moneyball, was due to get rolling, Columbia Pictures pulled the plug on the production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The trade paper says that studio head Amy Pascal switched on the red light Friday after several changes had been made to the script since it was first approved.

Based on Michael Lewis's nonfiction book about the Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane – who put together a star Major League team despite a lack of a major bank account – the script was by Ocean's series director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Steven Zaillian. The latest Moneyball script draft wasn't even a week old, says the Reporter.

Pascal permitted Soderbergh to shop the script around to other studios this weekend. Meanwhile, the film's crew was already assembled – meaning that if another movie company is to bite, it would have to act fast to get going. Variety suggests that Columbia even might take another look, possibly replacing Soderbergh but then hoping that Pitt doesn't abandon the project.

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