The film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ The Blind Side was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar yesterday morning, and now it seems everyone wants a piece of him. Vulture reports that Brad Pitt has snagged the rights to Lewis’ yet-to-be-released examination of the housing bubble The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.
Pitt was set to star with Demetri Martin in another Lewis adaptation last summer, but just three days before Moneyball was set to start filming, the project was squashed by Sony due to issues with director Steven Soderbergh’s screenplay.
Apparently, Pitt was pretty attached to the idea of filming a Lewis adaptation. His Plan B production company is closing on the rights to The Big Short, in which Pitt is considering starring. His turn in Moneyball may yet come to fruition, too. Sony is reportedly considering a new draft of the screenplay, this time from Aaron Sorkin, with Capote’s Bennett Miller tapped to direct.