updated 07/10/2009 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/10/2009 AT 6:10 AM ET
Jaws dropped last month when Sony Pictures canceled the $50-million Brad Pitt movie Moneyball only days before it was scheduled to start shooting – but now, apparently, the studio is working to shut those mouths.
The West Wing writer and creator Aaron Sorkin has been brought in to do a quick re-write on a script that Sony had ultimately deemed too arty and documentary-like in approach, reports The New York Times.
The studio also hopes to add Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin (There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men) to the movie’s creative team.
Based on Michael Lewis’s nonfiction book about the Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane – who assembled a star Major League team despite a lack of a major bank account – the movie’s original script was by Ocean’s series director Steven Soderbergh (who was to have directed Moneyball) and screenwriter Steven Zaillian.
According to The Times, should Sorkin finish his script in due course, a new director will be hired, Pitt will stay involved and Moneyball will start to roll this fall.