Soderbergh Grabs Brad Pitt’s MONEYBALL

     February 6, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Steven Soderbergh is a man of eclectic taste and temperament – at least I assume he is based on the films he chooses to direct. He came off of his sober “Che” biography by getting all quick and indie with porn star Sasha Grey on “The Girlfriend Experience”. He has made both blatantly commercial movies, like the “Ocean’s” series, and weird little movies that few outside of IFC subscribers have ever seen.

Lately he has been threatening to direct a musical remake of “Cleopatra” (because the 1968 version only failed because it didn’t have tunes) with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman. Oh, did I forget to say that the movie is being called “Cleo”. I have to believe that Soderbergh has a vision he’s going for with that one…

Vision or no, “Cleo” is now getting pushed back a bit. Variety is reporting that Soderbergh is in negotiations to direct “Moneyball”, a sports movie that Brad Pitt has been interested in.

Based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”, the Columbia Pictures-based feature film is about Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane and his technology-based method for assembling baseball teams that were consistently competitive with better financed teams – and by “better-financed” I mean the Yankees.

With Hugh Jackman too busy to attend to “Cleo”, Soderbergh looks ready to make “Moneyball” his next project. Not only does the director have a good feeling about this Brad Pitt fellow, he has also always wanted to do a sports movie – which you might not guess by looking at him. I think that Soderbergh is actually working on his own version of a cinematic Bucket List here. Let’s see, he’s got his “Crazy Long Biography” and his “Porn Star Movie” boxes checked; now he just needs a sports movie and animated comedy to die happy. Oh! And of course a musical version of “Cleopatra”! No director has truly lived until they have attempted one of their own…

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