Not Moneyball, according to MTV Movies blogger Larry Carroll:
“Yeah, I have another idea for a baseball movie that actually doesn’t have any baseball in it,” the “Informant!” filmmaker revealed to us recently and more than a bit cryptically. “I am going to see MLB when I’m in New York to talk to them about it.”
Soderbergh understandably dodged our follow-up questions like a runner on third caught in a botched suicide squeeze, but he did offer a few key tidbits of information: The film will focus on a real-life baseball player (asked if the player’s name would be recognizable to fans, he said “yes”), it follows a story that goes far beyond the diamond and is sensitive enough that he feels the need to get Major League Baseball’s blessing.
“It’s a true story,” explained the Oscar-winning filmmaker. “I don’t want to jinx it, because it would involve life rights. I want to talk to [MLB] and say ‘If I did a movie on this subject, would you be cool with this? What kind of cooperation can I expect?’”
Carroll speculates that it could be a Jose Canseco/steroids or a Pete Rose kind of thing. Those ideas sound too ESPN-cheapie-movie to me. Any guesses about what real-life baseball story would be Soderbergh-worthy? He already did “Solaris” and I can’t see anything moving slower than that, so “The Steve Trachsel Story” is out.