‘High Flying Bird’ Review: Soderbergh’s Cerebral Look at the Business of Basketball

In 2009, days before production was about to begin, production on Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Moneyball was put on hold. Soderbergh wanted to put elements like interviews with real-life players into the movies, and that made Sony skittish, so they fired him and replaced him with Bennett Miller with Aaron Sorkin working on the screenplay. High Flying Bird feels like it could be the movie Soderbergh wanted to make with Moneyball—an intense, cerebral, hard-hitting look at the business of sport interspersed with interviews from real athletes from that sport. The setting is now basketball instead of …
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