Brad Pitt Options Rights to MONEYBALL Author’s Next Book about the Housing Bubble

     February 2, 2010


Michael Lewis’ Moneyball finally got back on track this past December when Bennett  Miller (Capote) came on to direct after Steven Soderbergh left from the project back in June, days before the filming was set to begin.  The movie, which is still set to star Brad Pitt, is based on the true story of how the Oakland A’s were able to craft a winning ballclub using statistics instead of fat cash.  Soderbergh abandoned the project after Sony disagreed with his take on the material; Aaron Sorkin is currently at work on a new draft.

Today, Vulture reports that Pitt wants to stay in the Michael Lewis business as Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, is closing on a deal to option Lewis’ next book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.   The book is about “Wall Street greed and the swollen U.S. housing market,” and it’s not hard to imagine the folks on Wall Street building an actual doomsday device that can only be powered by the tears of the homeless.  Pitt may also star in the film, possibly in the role I just made up of Thaddeus P. Wippetsnauss who attempted to use the Doomsday Machine for the good of mankind.

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