Posts Tagged ‘Moneyball’

Interview in New York magazine

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Michael Lewis was recently interviewed by New York magazine’s Vulture during the premier of The Blind Side in NYC.

Would it be a good movie? I didn’t think about that. And I really am pleased with how it turned out. When I met John Lee Hancock, I just thought, This is a good soul. You meet a lot of people in the movie business who say they’re writers who are not writers. And when I met him, I just thought he had the sensibility of a writer. And I think it’s a good thing when the writer is directing it, too, so it’s one vision. He didn’t have any interest at all in what I thought, except he’s polite, so he pretends to have an interest. He just does his own thing, and I thought that was a really good thing, too.

Sony Hires New Writer to Salvage ‘Moneyball’

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Latest episode from the “Moneyball” movie debacle: Sony Pictures has tapped screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of West Wing fame) to quickly rewrite the “Moneyball” script.

Link to NY Times

Last month, Sony executives canceled the baseball picture — which was set to star Brad Pitt, who remains involved — just days before production, citing dissatisfaction with a rewrite from its director, Steven Soderbergh.

The film’s sudden collapse raised questions about Hollywood’s ability to tackle complex fare in the face of weak industry economics.

Authors@Google: Michael Lewis

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Michael Lewis visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book “Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.” This event took place on June 10, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Link from YouTube (47 min 5 sec)

Sony Pictures halts 'Moneyball' movie

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

From NY Times article, July 1, 2009: Money Worries Kill A-List Film at Last Minute

Just days before shooting was to begin, Sony Pictures pulled the plug on “Moneyball,” a major film project starring Brad Pitt and being directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The Trading Desk

Sunday, March 30th, 2003

New York Times (March 30, 2003)

This article is adapted from ”Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” published in May 2003 by W.W. Norton & Co.

The next day, when Billy Beane sits upright in his office, a few yards from Oakland’s Coliseum, he faces a wall covered entirely by a white board and, on it, the names of the several hundred players controlled by the Oakland A’s. Mike Magnante’s name is still on that board. Swiveling around to his rear, he faces another white board with the names of the nearly 1,200 players on other major league rosters. Ricardo Rincon’s name is on that board. At this point in the year Beane doesn’t really need to look at these boards to make connections; he knows every player on other teams that he wants, and every player in his own system that he doesn’t want. The trick is to persuade other teams to buy his guys for more than they are worth and to sell their guys for less than they are worth.

via The Trading Desk – New York Times