If you’re anything like us, you were probably devastated to learn that the Moneyball movie had lost its funding at the last second, mainly because the idea of Brad Pitt as a general manager who uses Bloomin’ Onions to seduce waitresses is spectacularly hilarious. Luckily, we have good news.
As FILMDRUNK reports, the movie’s back in the works, albeit with some changes. For example, instead of being about baseball, it’s about the financial aspects of midget wrestling instead. Okay, no it isn’t. But it should be.
No, actually, the big move is removing Steven Soderbergh from any aspect of the movie and installing Aaron Sorkin of West Wing and Sports Night instead. Oh, great. So it’s going to be like this:
…but with sports terms instead of “judiciary.” Awesome.
(Pardon the bristling over Sorkin, by the way. Purely a personal stylistic preference, but his dialogue is so over-smarted and over-thought that it never rings true. Yes, we’re supposed to believe that a White House is full of geniuses who need to think really hard and say brilliant things every second of every minute of every hour, but the real White House can’t possibly sound anything like that, just because humans never sound anything like that. Again, we digress.)
One very positive aspect of the move is that Soderbergh apparently screwed with the script too much for Sony’s liking, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:
[T]he plug was pulled just days before it was set to start, after Soderbergh turned in a script that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and other execs deemed too different from what they signed up for. The studio put the project into limited turnaround, giving filmmakers a chance to peddle it to other studios.
Time to put your detective hats on, kids. Given that Sony balked at the overediting Soderbergh engaged in and that it was an older copy of the script (without Soderbergh’s name on it) that got leaked and contained Pitt sticking it up the server’s bloomin’ onion (sorry), the odds that we get more unintentional hilarity are much, much better. Outback Steakhouse may never be the same.