Brad Pitt is set to star in an adaptation of Michael Lewisâ€™ best selling novel â€śMoneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Gameâ€ť. The movie is reportedly going to be produced by Steven Soderberg. This will be another venture for the Pitt, Soderberg team after the successful â€śOceans 11â€ť series. Read more, photos and videos below.
Moneyball is a true story based on Oakland Aâ€™s General Manager Billy Beane. When Beane became GM, the Aâ€™s had no payroll and no prospects. Beane used a sophisticated computer analysis system to draft good players. Not relying as much on scouting and conventional statistics as was the norm.
Beaneâ€™s style of managing the Aâ€™s has turned baseball which had been becoming a story of the rich get richer, into a competitive sport among even small market teams. He would use his system to draft underrated players who would not command as much money, but yet they would perform with even the likes of the Yankees and the Red Sox, teams with much higher payrolls. Beane said in a recent interview with KNBR published in the examiner:
â€śOne of the advantages we had in kind of a strange way, is we had nothing to lose,â€ť Beane said. â€śWe had the lowest payroll and a platform for trying to experiment with. If we had done things the same way we would have probably stayed in last place.â€ť
Pitt has been pushing the film and wants to play Beane himself. Pitt says that the concept of salary caps that donâ€™t work has peaked his interest in this project. He is not particularly a big sports fan, but says he does like to play.
More photos and a video of Brad Pitt are below.
Michael Lewis Moneyball Video