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After his movie The Cross seemed to fall apart, writer/director Andrew Niccol diverted to a slightly more mainstream sci-fi approach: he’ll direct the ‘action love story’ I’m.mortal, which now has Amanda Seyfried set up to star. The film is about a society in which aging stops at the age of 25, which is as good an excuse as any to cast a lot of attractive 20-somethings. But because of the conceit behind the film, that’s actually forcing Niccol to find young actors who can play individuals who are a lot older than they look.

What’s the conceit? Variety explains a bit of the plot that we haven’t previously known: “In I’m.mortal, time has become the currency. Once you turn 25 and your aging gene turns off, you must buy and bank time. If you are rich enough, you can live forever. But if you run out of time, you are engineered to die automatically. When a rebel from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful, rich hostage (Seyfried). Together, this duo rages against the system, living minute to minute. They discover that love is more powerful than all the time in the world.”
[Variety]

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Kathryn Morris Joins Moneyball

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The long saga of Moneyball is about to close — after the film was set to shoot with Steven Soderbergh directing his rewrite of Steve Zaillian‘s script, Sony shut things down at the last minute. Aaron Sorkin was brought in to rewrite (though some of Zaillian’s script is reportedly being used) and Bennett Miller is now about to direct Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the tale of baseball and statistics.

Now Kathryn Morris from Cold Case is about to join the cast, just as the film is about to go before cameras. Read More »

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How many runs through a script can a studio take? Moneyball is supposed to shoot in a little over a month, after a year of wrangling and being on life support. Now Steve Zaillian, who wrote the draft that got the scrapped Steven Soderbergh version moving in the first place, is back on the picture. For the time being. Read More »

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After a year of wrangling and new talent, I’m still going to be surprised when the cameras start to roll on Moneyball. Director Bennett Miller and Sony seem determined to give me that surprise, however. They’re in talks now with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright to bolster the cast, which still includes Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Read More »

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Hey, remember Moneyball? How could you not? The film meant to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, which was famously shut down at the eleventh hour by Sony chief Amy Pascal, is still going forward. Bennett Miller is directing from a new script by Aaron Sorkin. Original star Brad Pitt remains part of the equation (which seems miraculous) but his co-star has changed. No longer will Demetri Martin play the young statistician that helps Oakland A’s manager make baseball history. Now it will be Jonah Hill. Read More »

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A month ago there was news that two directors were possibly in line to take Steven Soderbergh’s place on Moneyball: Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer and Capote‘s Bennett Miller. At the time, there was conflicting info on who was first in line. THR seemed to emphasize Webb, but The Playlist had been told that Webb’s offer was old and that Miller was really the guy in line for the job.

Variety now confirms the latter info, saying that Miller is being tapped for the job. Questions linger: what is the new script, by Aaron Sorkin, really like? While Brad Pitt remains attached, will he actually make the film? What will the budget end up being, with or without Pitt? (It was in the realm of $60m with Soderbergh on board.) If Sony really has Miller signed, we should know some of those details soon.

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“Dad bet my NYU tuition on The Road and now we’re homeless.” The concept of organized box office betting is nothing new—see the simulated and long operating Hollywood Stock Exchange. But with the incorporation of real dollars, might the concept be new to the mafia? A start-up website and business called The Cantor Exchange is awaiting regulatory approval to open the floodgates on real time betting on Hollywood productions, beginning six months before a film’s release. The company behind the Cantor Exchange is Cantor Fitzgerald, a global finances firm that also operates the aforementioned HSX and will implement that site’s infrastructure with a capitalistic twist.

Information gathered by the HSX reportedly already informs legitimate box office betting in the UK, and foreseeably anyone of age in the U.S. will soon be able to participate. But what are the implications of online betting for Hollywood (Showbiz 411 wonders about insider trading), not to mention for the state of film? And c’mon, what geek or arm chair analyst isn’t channeling Gordon Scrooge McDuck Gekko IV right now with dreams of getting paid, bitch? Right? Or Wrong?

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Moneyball still isn’t dead yet. Aaron Sorkin has been working on a new draft of the script since Steven Soderbergh was essentially booted a few months ago, but the film still needs a director. And that’s where Capote‘s Bennett Miller and Marc Webb, director of (500) Days of Summer, might come into the picture. They’re on the list of a few guys that Sony has been talking to as possible new helmers for the film, which surprisingly still has Brad Pitt attached to star. The question is, who’ll get the job? Read More »

Soderbergh Finally Talks About Moneyball

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Steven Soderbergh is nothing if not professional, and when a project doesn’t work out for a pro, they just move on. Moneyball, Soderbergh’s planned adaptation of the Michael Lewis book about the stat-based success of Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane, was famously canceled at the last minute a couple months ago. But we didn’t hear a peep out of Soderbergh about the project’s failure, until now. Read More »

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