The plug was pulled pretty close to the start of production, and sources have said that Columbia"s president of production Amy Pascal wasn"t comfortable with the script, which had changed ever since the movie was given the green light, reports the China Daily.
The decision, which was made on June 19, has mystified many since the picture was crewed up and scheduled to start shooting this week, with some wondering how issues with the script could give a studio cold feet.
Steven Zaillian and Soderbergh wrote the screenplay (with the most recent barely a week old), adapting Michael Lewis' non-fiction book about the Oakland Athletics and their GM Billy Beane, who assembled a contending ballclub despite having a payroll much lower than other Major League teams.
Pascal had not seen the interviews and some insiders suggest that there was a disconnect about the kind of baseball drama the exec and the filmmaker wanted to make. Pascal was leery, the sources said, fearing that the film lacked emotion.
Pascal is a big fan of the book and allowed Soderbergh to shop the project over the weekend to Warner Bros., which once housed Soderbergh"s shingle Section Eight, and Paramount, home to Pitt"s Plan B.