Columbia Pictures have hit the brakes on "Moneyball" production, a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt set to begin production in Phoenix on Monday, June 22. Variety reports that Amy Pascal, the co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, placed the film into "limited turnaround" on Friday, June 19 after reading Steven Soderbergh's script.
She made the decision after knowing that the re-written script was sharply different from the earlier script written by Steven Zaillian which she championed. Pascal gave Soderbergh an opportunity to set it up at other studios. The prime targets for the turnaround reportedly are Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
But if a new financier isn't found, the studio will find other options for the project. The options include replacing Soderbergh, which means delaying production until Pascal and the filmmaker agree on a script, or shelving the movie for good.
"Moneyball" is drama based on a bestselling book by Michael Lewis, "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game". The story centers on Billy Beane, who will be portrayed by Brad Pitt. A former baseball player who resurfaced as a general manager of the Oakland Athletics, he finds success after using a sophisticated computer analysis system to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series.