Jonah Hill replacing Demetri Martin in MONEYBALL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 8th, 2010

Well, it looks as though MONEYBALL isn’t as dead as we all once thought.

After having canned Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated adaptation of the famous book, a newly revised version of the project has gained some steam via Sony executive Amy Pascal, and is now looking to even recast a few of the characters.

According to ESPN (via The Playlist) it looks as though Demetri Martin has been replaced by Jonah Hill (the culmination of a casting choice from Pascal herself) in the hopes of giving the film a slightly broader appeal, which may be for the film’s betterment as the project itself is one that is quite the niche project.

Another idea that Pascal has had is to give the film a romantic comedy/possible “bro”mantic subplot, which while inherently lame and uninteresting, will at least allow for the film to get made.  The idea of Bennett Miller helming the project, who took over for Soderbergh, should ease any film fan’s worries about the project (at least they do for me).

Personally, I haven’t read the book (written by Michael Lewis about baseball statistics and management), and while the Soderbergh adaptation sounded far more interesting than this version, I will give it the benefit of the doubt now that Miller is directing.

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