Release Day Round-Up is a new, ongoing feature here at Bigfanboy that will be posted every Thursday (or Friday) to showcase the important information and marketing material for the new movies being released that day (special editions will be posted for movies with mid-week openings). This way you can make an informed decision on what movie (or movies) you will see on opening weekend. As always, let us know what you think in the comments, if you would like anything added and if you plan on seeing the particular movie being highlighted on opening weekend, sometime down the road, wait for it on home release or passing all together. Here’s all you could want to know about MONEYBALL:
Release Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
MPAA: PG-13 for some strong language.
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Screenwriters: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Directed By: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop, Kathyrn Morris and Chris Pratt.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Moneyball” is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution, one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game.
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Fun Facts (Courtesy of IMDb):
When Steven Soderbergh was still supposed to direct, he cast Brad Pitt and Demetri Martin in the lead roles and had already shot interview scenes with baseball players Lenny Dykstra, Mookie Wilson and Darryl Strawberry to be included in the film.
During pre-production, director of photography Adam Kimmel was arrested in Connecticut on sexual assault and weapons and explosives possession charges. He was replaced by Wally Pfister.
Production of the movie was set to begin on June 22, 2009, but it was surprisingly dropped by Columbia Pictures. Studio co-chairman Amy Pascal axed the movie after objecting to changes which original director Steven Soderbergh made to Steven Zaillian’s script.