'MONEYBALL' AUTHOR GETS MORE PLAYING TIME
Disney is rounding the bases with MONEYBALL author Michael Lewis, not only optioning feature rights to his COACH:LESSONS ON THE GAME OF LIFE but also giving him the chance to pen the script — the best-selling sports scribe’s first screenplay, Variety's Stuart Oldham reports. COACH tells the true story of Lewis’ journey to rediscover his influential baseball mentor, Coach Fitz, whose methods had a tremendous impact on his generation of athletes and leaders. Published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2005, COACH marks one of several Lewis projects getting Hollywood treatment. The author’s groundbreaking book MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME was developed by Sony Pictures and has grossed over $100 million worldwide since September. The baseball drama about Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is nominated for six Oscars, including a Best Actor nod for Brad Pitt. Lewis also has the financial tale LIAR'S POKER in development at Warner Bros. as well as the Plan B-produced economic pic THE BIG SHORT in the works at Paramount.