|Coming soon: Moneyball the movie|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on April 21, 2009
Michael Lewis' "Moneyball" was one of the most discussed books over the last 20 years. It did a wonderful job showing (and maybe even creating a bit of) the divide between the old-school method to scouting and the new school. (Read AtHomePlate.com's review of "Moneyball" here.)
Now "Moneyball" is being made into a movie. From Variety.com:
Columbia Pictures and director Steven Soderbergh have set Demetri Martin to star alongside Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," the adaptation of the Michael Lewis book about ballplayer-turned-Oakland Athletics g.m. Billy Beane and his attempt to field a competitive team on a slim payroll.
Also joining the roster is a group of actual baseball players: former Oakland A's team members David Justice and Scott Hatteberg have signed on to play themselves in the picture, while Daryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra are among those who will be seen on camera being interviewed about their experiences with Beane when he was a phenom drafted by the New York Mets before flaming out and becoming a baseball scout. Shooting begins in June.
Steve Zaillian is doing a polish on a script originated by Stan Chervin, and Rachael Horovitz, Michael De Luca and Greg Jacobs are producing.
Martin, who wrote, produced and stars in the Comedy Central series "Important Things With Demetri Martin," stars in the Ang Lee-directed "Taking Woodstock" for Focus Features. The film will be released Aug. 14.
Two questions: How good do you think it's going to be and is this a must see movie for baseball fans?