Just days before it was to go into production, Sony/Columbia Pictures has halted work on Moneyball , starring Brad Pitt and directed by Steven Soderbergh. According to reports Columbia head Amy Pascal was miffed by a reading of the Soderbergh's revised script. Reporting on the studio's decision, Daily Variety commented today (Monday) "Even in the climate of heightened studio caution, the turnaround news on Moneyball is surprising given that the project had reached the equivalent of third base."