Capote's Bennett Miller Lands the Moneyball Directing Gig
by Alex Billington
December 5, 2009
The latest update in the on-going Moneyball chronicles. Columbia Pictures kicked Steven Soderbergh off the project back in June. Then they hired Aaron Sorkin to rewrite Steve Zaillian's screenplay, which is based on Michael Lewis' non-fiction book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Then we learned back in November that they were now looking at either bringing on 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb or Capote director Bennett Miller to replace Soderbergh on the film. The studio has finally confirmed today that it's Bennett Miller who landed the job. Or at least he's officially "in negotiations" to direct Moneyball.
Both THR and EW reported the news, which came straight from the studio itself. Brad Pitt and producers Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin and Rachael Horovitz met with numerous directors over the last few weeks to figure out how to get the project back on track and who would be the right person to take over directing. Almost everyone originally involved is still attached, hence why it was a delicate process finding someone who could fill in for Soderbergh and work with actors like Brad Pitt, Demetri Martin, and a handful of real Oakland A's baseball players. I don't know much about Bennett Miller, but I just hope he knows his baseball.