Bennett Miller in talks to direct 'Moneyball'

Brad Pitt baseball movie based on book by Michael Lewis

Bennett Miller is in negotiations to direct Columbia's "Moneyball," the on-again, off-again baseball drama starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who rewrote the unwritten rulebook of baseball.

The move comes after Columbia, the actor and the producers -- Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin and Rachael Horovitz -- met with directors in recent weeks to get the movie back on track after pulling the plug on a Steven Soderbergh-directed iteration in June. The movie began its rehabilitation with when Aaron Sorkin was brought on to write a draft, drawing on Steve Zaillian's earlier take.

The project is based upon the best-selling book by Michael Lewis. Stan Chervin wrote the first draft of the script.

Columbia's Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing.

CAA-repped Miller is best known for directing "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie earned Hoffman an Oscar and also netted a nomination for best picture.
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