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.