Brad Pitt Joins The Majors For Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’

It’s a busy day for Brad Pitt! Variety reports the star is in talks to play the lead in “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” a movie based on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book. “Devil Wears Prada” helmer David Frankel is attached to direct, and Steve Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “Gangs of New York”) has signed on to pen the script.

Lewis’ book is centered around Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who faced the difficult task of trying to assemble a major league team with one of the smallest budgets in baseball. Beane decided that, in the race for the biggest and most expensive players, no one was really doing their research. With the help of some computer geeks, he gathered vast amounts of statistical data, crunched it with sophisticated computer-based analysis, and assembled one heck of a team.

If you’re wondering how number crunching can be an engaging movie, reviews of the book suggest it’s full of the underdog players and against-it-all odds that make fictional baseball movies so popular with audiences.

There’s no telling when this might film — a glance through Pitt’s IMDB page show that he has three films in pre-production already, plus he’s in the midst of filming Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” (Yes, they’ve decided to spell it that way.) Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall off his busy slate — surprisingly, Pitt has never done a sports movie before. And doesn’t it seem like a genre tailor made for him?

What do you think, readers? Hoping you’ll get to see Pitt play ball? Or do you think this sounds like just another feel good sports movie?