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Brad Pitt's Moneyball Axed!

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The situation has to be pretty bad to shut down a film starring Brad Pitt, directed by Steven Soderberg, and $10 million already sunk into pre-production costs.

According to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, Moneyball, a film about legendary Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, was shut down days before filming due to unauthorized script changes.

That must have been one bad script!!!!

"I've wanted to work with Steven forever, because he's simply a great filmmaker. But the draft he turned in wasn't at all what we'd signed up for," said Pascal of the reworked screenplay originally written by Steve Zaillian. "He wanted to make a dramatic reenactment of events with real people playing themselves. I'd still work with Steven in a minute, but in terms of this project, he wanted to do the film in a different way than we did."

Soderbergh had changed the script so dramatically that every scene which did not occur in real life were removed or entirely rewritten!

"Steven wanted to tell the story through these interviews with the real people, as they commented on Beane," Pascal explains. "But there are lots of ways to tell a true story."

We've noticed that studios like it when true stories are told through blatant fabrication!

Sony had no other choice but to shelve the film until they found a new director, which means that Pitt would likely bow out.

"We love this movie, we always have and we still want to make it," said the Sony honcho. "It's a completely innovative way to tell a baseball story. It's about wanting to believe in magic, which is what baseball is all about."

Spin. Spin.

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16 comments to “Brad Pitt's Moneyball Axed!”



  1. 1

    First!



  2. 2

    I hate baseball movies.



  3. 3

    It was axed because a baseball movie will have a small audience and the movie was too expensive to make.

  4. DaLa says – reply to this


    4

    Love how you assume the script was "bad" because the sausage factory, er, I mean studio didn't like it (probably because it wasn't predictable and formulaic enough). Soderburgh is a proven artist. I'm taking the director's side on this one.

  5. jazzi says – reply to this


    5

    oh brad!! I STILL LOVE YOU!



  6. 6

    "But there are lots of ways to tell a true story." Love it.



  7. 7

    Amy Pascal is a liar. Steven Soderbergh had been flying all over the country with a full crew interviewing people for the movie..she always knew what the script was. He could really bury her if he wanted to. Amy changed her mind at the last minute and called the movie off..too bad 200 people lost their jobs for the next 3 months on 3 days notice.



  8. 8

    I love baseball movies -Eight Men Out was terrific.



  9. 9

    I love baseball!
    I love baseball movies!
    We are the champions!



  10. 10

    he still
    lookz
    mighty
    finnnnnnnnnnnnnne♥



  11. 11

    It was shut down because nobody wants to see that old, ugly cheater! kkkkkk



  12. 12

    Shizzle!



  13. 13

    I guess it has more to do with the fact that nobody wants to see an old, botoxed worthless actor, period.



  14. 14

    This was reported well over a week ago. Way to be on top of things, Mario. I hear Michael Jackson died.



  15. 15

    Wooo!!
    GO A's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  16. 16

    Thank God, now he can have more time making his commercials! LOL what a loser.