With an adaptation of his biggest work headed to the Kodak Theatre next weekend, Michael Lewis has, naturally, become something of a Hollywood item these past few months. Just in the wake of Moneyball‘s release, we told you that Warner Bros. pegged him to pen an adaptation of his own book, Liar’s Poker, for a feature that John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) would be directing.
The latest news on Lewis‘ adventures in filmmaking comes from Variety, who report that Disney has hired the writer for the adaptation treatment, this time around on his Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life. Blind Side producer Gil Netter will produce via his Gil Netter Productions (clever), making this a little reunion between the two. Here, it’s all in service of presenting “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.”
Having a) never read a page of Lewis‘ book, nor b) knowing all too much about where the eventual adaptation may go, I’ll hesitate to shudder at the notion of something that, based on these early descriptions and some additional research, might prove to be more along the lines of the Sandra Bullock-starrer than the Brad Pitt one — but that concern is nevertheless present. Right now, though, an affection for the one movie based on his work that I didn’t turn off will buoy that all-important optimism.
Have you read Lewis’ book? Is so, is there the potential for a feature?
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