So “Moneyball,” Steven Soderbergh’s baseball metrics drama starring Brad Pitt and Demetri Martin, was axed at the last minute by Sony president Amy Pascal. She apparently didn’t like Soderbergh’s rewrite draft and decided to pull the plug (some have suggested that Pitt is the culprit, and she was simply the beard, though David Poland seemed to back away from that assertion late last night).
The film was placed in “limited turnaround” to find a new home, and the major players of interest were clearly Paramount and Warner Bros.
It should come as no surprise that both studios have reportedly passed, according to the L.A. Times. After Friday, it was a no-brainer for Paramount. WB was most likely the project’s sole Obi-Wan-Kenobi, and you’re my only hope. Both “shared concerns about the film’s high budget and limited commercial appeal,” according to the press release. Again, no surprise. It’s a sharp, but unconventional script with no obvious villains, romance interests, or anything else that normal audiences look for, and with a $57 million dollar budget, this was supposed to be a “normal audiences” film.
On a smaller scale, it could easily be a “Steven Soderbergh film,” but that’s not what Sony was looking for, especially with marquee name Brad Pitt involved. Pascal apparently “disagreed with Soderbergh’s plan to shoot the film in a more improvised documentary style.”
Sony is now considering their options. 1) persuade Soderbergh to make it more mainstream, 2) fire him and hire another director, or 3) cancel the project entirely. To be honest, things aren’t looking good for it.