If you have a Google News Alert set-up for Brad Pitt, today was a busy day for you. The star, currently filming Inglourious Basterds as he gets ready to mount an Oscar run with his performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will reportedly team up with Warner Brothers to produce and potentially star in an updated version of Homer’s classic The Odyssey, that will take Odysseus… into space! Yeah, you read that right. Don’t worry though; it totally won’t be a remake of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. Err, maybe. The hope is that George Miller, he of Mad Max and Babe fame, will direct.
But wait! There’s more! Mr. Pitt could also find himself starring in the big screen version of Michael Lewis’ iconic book of baseball, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Steven Zaillian (Schnindler’s List, Gangs of New York, American Gangster) will adapt with David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) attached to direct. If he agrees, Mr. Pitt will star as Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, who used previously unthought-of baseball analysis (wait, walks are as good as hits?) to build a string of near championship teams in the late 90s/early 00s, all with a budget one-third that of the New York Yankees. As fans of the book, we would say it’s almost inadaptable: think The Orchid Thief. And while we’d find seeing Brad Pitt and his cohorts arguing about the merits of taking Jeremy Bonderman in the amateur draft wildly interesting, we can’t imagine anyone else agreeing with us.