Nicole Sperling
December 04, 2009 AT 11:28 PM EST

Sony Pictures is not letting Moneyball, the Brad Pitt baseball flick, die. The studio announced today that Bennett Miller, who was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for Capote, is in negotiations to helm the project that was dismantled after Steven Soderbergh exited the project in June 2009, a few weeks before production was to begin. Based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, Moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane, general manager of the low-ranked Oakland A’s, who defies baseball convention to recruit a new bench of players in extremely unorthodox ways. The screenplay is from Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing).

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