Soderbergh, Pitt Reunite On “Moneyball”

Steven Soderbergh is in talks to direct Sony Pictures adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” reports Variety.

The book focuses on Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who used a sophisticated computer analysis system to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series despite a payroll dramatically lower than such big-market rivals as the New York Yankees.

Brad Pitt has been circling the project for a year. Around the same time Steve Zaillian signed on to adapt the book after original scripter Stan Chervin left the project.

Soderbergh is looking to make the picture his next directing assignment, putting his Cleopatra-themed musical “Cleo” on hold for a year. Michael De Luca and Rachael Horovitz are producing.