On second thought, maybe we'll hold off on filming that 3D Cleopatra musical starring Catherine Zeta Jones and, instead, film something with a little more commercial appeal that stars, say, Brad Pitt. According to Variety, Steven Soderbergh has decided to put that Cleopatra flick on the backburner in favor of Moneyball, based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. David Frankel (Marley & Me) was originally tapped to direct (off a script from Steven Zaillian), but there's no word on what happened there.
Based on a very real story, Pitt -- who worked with Soderbergh on all the Ocean's films -- will star as Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane who, back in 2002, helped his small-market team win over 100 games by using a sophisticated computer analysis system. I'm not entirely sure how cinematic and exciting a film about behind-the-scenes baseball statistics will be, but if you've got Brad Pitt in the lead role, then anything is possible, right? I remember when the Athletics threw together that miracle year, and even though they didn't make it past the first round of the playoffs, it was still exciting to watch this team of nobodies defy the odds -- and I'm sure Soderbergh's film will tap into that classic "from nothing to something" sports storyline.
What do you think -- is this a story worth telling on the big screen?