Jaws dropped last month when Sony Pictures canceled the $50-million Brad Pitt
only days before
it was scheduled to start shooting – but now, apparently, the studio is working to shut those mouths.
The West Wing
writer and creator Aaron Sorkin has been brought in to do a quick re-write on a script that Sony had ultimately deemed too arty and documentary-like in approach, reports The New York Times
The studio also hopes to add Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin (There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men
) to the movie's creative team.
Based on Michael Lewis's nonfiction book about the Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane – who assembled a star Major League team despite a lack of a major bank account – the movie's original script was by Ocean
's series director Steven Soderbergh (who was to have directed Moneyball
) and screenwriter Steven Zaillian.
According to The Times
, should Sorkin finish his script in due course, a new director will be hired, Pitt will stay involved and Moneyball
will start to roll this fall.