The on again, off again movie version of Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball, is back on. Bennett Miller, director of Capote, has been brought in to steer this ship home. He will, apparently, be taking the movie in a direction different, and more mainstream, than original director Steven Soderbergh.
Here’s a video of Michael Lewis explaining the origin of The Blind Side. There’s about 15 people in the theater when he does.
If it’s pettiness you crave, here’s a bazillion word, 2 part series on The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball, Eric Walker. In an interesting move assuring a constant bias, the author of the piece is that forgotten man, Eric Walker.
Lastly, I’d like to again ask why Liar’s Poker has not yet been made into a movie.
Since the Moneyball script was leaked this summer, some folks took it upon themselves to shoot a scene, just to see how it would come out. Execution isn’t flawless, but it is a cool visualization of what the movie will/would be like. I imagine tighter cuts and dialogue delivered a little snappier, but we can work with this.
Via Baseball Musings.
Art Howe didn’t come out of ‘Moneyball’ looking that awesome, so he was hoping for redemption from the recently axed ‘Moneyball’ movie. In this article, he claimed Michael Lewis never talked to him. Only thing is, Lewis did. “Accusations of journalistic bias are the last refuge of the scoundrel“, says Lewis, replacing patriotism with accusations of journalistic bias in Samuel Johnson’s famous quotation.
Steven Soderbergh needed a gimmick for the Bill James character in Moneyball, so he has decided to animate him. Uh, that’s a gimmick. Though, if anyone could be a cartoonish superhero to the Moneyball crowd, it’s Bill James.
We have this sort of oracle character that appears throughout and declaims various issues and heâ€™s essentially supposed to be Bill James. Heâ€™s your host in a wayâ€¦. The background will be real but the person who is supposed to be him will be animated.
Note: At some point I may or may not get away from breathlessly reporting on all of the updates related to Michael Lewis Movies (See The Blindside and Moneyball, as well as the no brainer Liar’s Poker, which would be so timely it makes my mouth taste acidy with adrenaline). This breathless reporting is also present for the Arrested Development movie. Again, it is unclear whether this will continue or not.
“Demetri Martin will play will play Paul DePodesta, a computer-wielding Harvard-educated hotshot who became Beane’s right-hand. DePodesta went on to a much-maligned tenure as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and has most recently been working in the Padres organization.”
I don’t know what I expected, but between The Moneyball movie and The Blind Side movie, and what’s sure to be a Liar’s Poker movie, there’s going to be a lot of weird casting going one.