Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oh, THAT'S why they call it Moneyball! Lewis to pen Coach screenplay


Or should I call this post Keep Your Eye on the Moneyball???
According to Variety  " Disney is rounding the bases with "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis, (That's him on the right, don't you love a writer in pink?) not only optioning feature rights to his "Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life," but also giving the best-selling scribe the chance to pen the script. "
I'm not criticizing; it's the way things work, the world over. Moneyball was a huge hit, critically and moneywise. It's grossed over a million dollars so far, worldwide. It's up for 6 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. (Poor Bennett Miller, the director, didn't receive one nomination from ANY nominating body. Not a globe, a bafta, nada. That always irks me when a film is nominated for Best Picture and the director is snubbed. I guess it made itself!)
But I digress ...  of course the studios want to try to duplicate that success.  It's the same rationale that leads to sequels, some which are successful, some not so much!
Will  "Coach" have the same power that Moneyball had? The book tells " the true story of Lewis' journey to rediscover his influential baseball mentor, Coach Fitz, whose methods had a tremendous impact on his generation of athletes and leaders.
"There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind," Lewis wrote of his former coach in a 2004 New York Times article. "It's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever." "

Lewis is definitely a major league player! He has several balls in the air;   the financial tale "Liar's Poker" is in development at Warner Bros., and  the Plan B-produced economic pic "The Big Short" in the works at Paramount. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Lewis has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg and The New Republic.

2 comments:

  1. He is a major player - he also wrote The Blind Side, which won a lot of awards too.

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  2. I didn't know that! I didn't read his book, but the movie version of The Blind Side was beautiful. Apparently this is the first time writing a script. Hopefully he will be just as wonderful a screenwriter as he is a writer!

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