Sorkin, Aaron

Columbia has replaced Steven Soderbergh with Aaron Sorkin to write Moneyball. Production was set to start in June with Soderbergh, but was later cancelled after Amy Pascal and other executives felt the script was different than what they signed on for, reports THR.

Brad Pitt is still set to star as Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s manager who used non-traditional statistical systems to build the cheapest winning baseball team.

Sorkin has experience writing tales set in the sports world, in 1998 he created the critically well-received Sports Night for ABC. The writer also recently finished The Social Network, a film based on Facebook, with Sony.

Moneyball is set to come out in 2011.

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