Berkeley author Michael Lewis has other things on his mind right now — he’s on the book tour circuit promoting his new oeuvre The Big Short — but it won’t have escaped his notice that one of his earlier books is inching its way closer to moviedom.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the long road to the big screen for Moneyball, Lewis’ 2003 book about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, may be reaching its conclusion with Columbia Pictures looking at a July date to begin shooting.

The latest rewrite for the film is by Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame, and Brad Pitt is set to play Beane. All the studio needs now is the green-light from Major League Baseball which will allow it to use logos on uniforms, as well as stadiums for on-location scenes.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...