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Hollywood woos writer Michael Lewis, again

Michael Lewis is one lucky writer. Not to downplay his talent.

The adaption of his book The Blind Side was nominated for an Oscar award for Best Picture Tuesday morning, and Sandra Bullock got a nod for Best Actress. (Not that she acknowledged Lewis when she won a Golden Globe; she thanked everyone but him.)

It also looks like Brad Pitt can’t get enough of this Berkeley writer.

Pitt was supposed to star in Moneyball, Lewis’ book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s. That arrangement fell apart when the studio didn’t like the script penned by Steven Soderburg and yanked the film. It may have life yet though. Now West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin is working on the screenplay and Capote director Bennett Miller is attached to direct.

New York Magazine reports today that Pitt’s production company, Plan B, is on the verge of optioning Lewis’ next book on the housing bubble and market crash, which won’t come out until March.

Pitt is apparently also considering starring in the film based on The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

All of this Hollywood wooing hasn’t gone to Lewis’ head though. He is still a homie. On Saturday, he will act as host for the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s annual author dinner, which honors local authors. It’s the foundation’s big fundraiser and Lewis’ third appearance there.

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