Bennett Miller in talks to direct "Moneyball'

Sun Dec 6, 2009 7:45pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Capote" filmmaker Bennett Miller is in negotiations to direct "Moneyball," a baseball drama starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who rewrote the unwritten rulebook of baseball.

Columbia's on-again, off-again project got back on track in recent weeks as Pitt and the producers -- Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin and Rachael Horovitz -- met with potential directors. A Steven Soderbergh-directed iteration of the project was scrapped in June. The movie began its rehabilitation with when Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "Sports Night") was brought on to write a draft, drawing upon Steve Zaillian's earlier take.

The project is based upon the best-selling book by Michael Lewis.

Miller's "Capote" earned an Oscar for lead actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and netted a nomination for best picture.