Bennett Miller to Direct Moneyball

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Columbia Pictures has hired Bennett Miller (Capote) to direct Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball, reports Variety, confirming the early rumors by The Playlist that the director was up for the job.

Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction bestseller “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” the book’s subject is Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who assembled a contending baseball club on a shoestring budget by employing a sophisticated computer-based analysis to draft players.

Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin wrote the script. Stan Chervin wrote an earlier draft.

Steven Soderbergh had been attached to direct the film, but Columbia’s Amy Pascal pulled the plug just five days before shooting was to begin after reading Soderbergh’s rewrite.

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