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Is Pitt Signed to Star in Moneyball?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2010 at 10:29AM

While Deadline and The Playlist have many details of Sony's pending not-yet-greenlit Moneyball production, written sequentially by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, to be directed by Bennett Miller and starring Jonah Hill, the part I'm not sure about is Brad Pitt.
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While Deadline and The Playlist have many details of Sony's pending not-yet-greenlit Moneyball production, written sequentially by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, to be directed by Bennett Miller and starring Jonah Hill, the part I'm not sure about is Brad Pitt.

That's because from what I hear, while Sony is trimming the baseball movie's budget, Pitt really does want to get paid. He and Angelina Jolie live a rich globetrotting lifestyle, and Moneyball is one of the few movies around that might throw him some serious cash. Pitt is notoriously commitment-shy also. (Remember, he pulled out of State of Play, and that's not the first time.) So is Sony dangling Zaillian and frequent Pitt collaborator David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as another potential pay-day? The script really isn't written: is it set in Sweden or not? That will impact who stars in it.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, In Production, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Brad Pitt, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.