Dateline Los Angeles:
Casting has begun on Hollywood’s latest big budget sports drama tentatively titled Moneyball II: The Rise of the Small Market. The film follows in the footsteps of the wildly successful 2011 film Moneyball starring Brad Pitt as Oakland Athletics maverick general manager Billy Beane on a never ending quest to validate the erection of every SABRmetric loving baseball journalist.
No word yet as to whether or not Mr. Pitt will return to play Beane but industry sources continue to claim that the actor has grown increasingly disillusioned with the general manager’s un-small market like behavior during the 2014 baseball season including the team’s latest trade for pitcher Jon Lester. An acquaintance of Pitt said that upon hearing news of this latest move the actor said, “who do the A’s think they are, the Yankees?”
With Lester joining Jess Samardzija, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir atop the Oakland rotation the A’s smell like favorites, that is if they can get past their division rivals the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange Country next to Disneyland.
Producers have indicated that if Pitt is unable to play Bill Beane in the Moneyball sequel that they will pursue Channing Tatum for the roll of the handsome general manager citing the actor’s strong chemistry with Jonah Hill. No word yet on the rest of the cast although it has been rumored that Zach Galifianakis is circling the role of grizzly, stalky A’s catcher Derek Norris.
Financing for the Moneyball sequel is in place however some movie studios would prefer that the Oakland A’s lose in the first or second round of the 2014 playoffs which would lend itself quite nicely to the third movie in the trilogy Moneyball III: The Death of FIP and WAR and All The Other Statistics That Most Non-Fantasy Playing Baseball Fans Have Ever Heard Of.