We’re not sure if you follow all the celebrity and movie news, this being Oakland and all. However Moneyball was supposed to start shooting here this summer, a cool Steven Soderbergh-version of Billy Beane’s life – as played by Brad Pitt. Oakland was going to be blessed with Brad and his entourage.
As the Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane probably would have been too busy this summer to pal around with Brad and hang out on the set. His story – Billy’s and not Brad’s – is an interesting one, as we all know. He’s still hard at work trying to make the A’s productive this season.
But the real news came out this morning: the $50 million picture may be kaput. According to Variety, Columbia Pictures head Amy Pascal didn’t like the final script. The film is getting shopped to other major studios this weekend. Otherwise, the production goes on hiatus until things get worked out – or likely not worked out.
Even though Brangelina sells magazines, the Brad half isn’t seen as the sole driver of box office. The movie studio now fears this newfangled movie about baseball and whether it has sufficient worldwide appeal. We think Billy and Oakland are worth risking $50 million, don’t you?