How any movie makes it from its first original concept to finished product is almost a miracle. Execs working on the baseball flick Moneyball know this all too well. After being stuck in pre-production for months, shooting in L.A. and Boston is scheduled to start sometime in July. Originally the budget was almost $60 million but had to be cut down to about $45 million. The last big hurdle left to jump is getting MLB approval.
Moneyball is based on Michael Lewis’ eponymous book about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Brad Pitt will star as Billy Beane and his crusade to craft a competitive team with a sliver of the budget of other top baseball teams. Helmed by Bennett Miller, Jonah Hill also stars as Paul De Podesta, Billy Beane’s whiz kid assistant. Lewis also authored The Blind Side, which was later turned into a movie with leading lady Sandra Bullock.
Baseball fans will see some old favorites on the big screen, including David Justice, Darryl Strawberry, Scott Hatteberg, and Lenny Dykstra. Will Moneyball be for baseball what The Blind Side was for football? We’ll have to wait for Pitt and Hill’s performance before dubbing it a home run.
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