Sony Keen On “Moneyball” With Sorkin

Despite reported troubles, Sony Pictures is still keen on the baseball project “Moneyball” and has hired “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin to polish Steve Zaillian’s early script says the trades.

Last month the studio put the project into limited turnaround mere days before it was scheduled to begin shooting due to director Steven Soderbergh’s new version of the script took a more documentary approach to the material, change that studio chief Amy Pascal felt would hurt the film’s commercial prospects.

Sorkin’s changes are expected to bring the project back to the style the studio favored all along. The focus will remain on 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.

Brad Pitt remains attached to star but Soderbergh will no longer direct this adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction bestseller. Michael De Luca and Rachael Horovitz are producing.

Sorkin will finish his work by next month, no word as yet on new production dates.