Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated drama Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Sienna Miller has officially entered this year’s Oscar race. It was reported last year that Columbia Pictures picked up the distribution rights but now Sony Pictures Classics will release the film into theaters right into the heart of Oscar season on December 20th.
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, the duo who wrote 2005’s Capote, wrote the screenplay for Foxcatcher. Steve Carell will be portraying John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic millionaire who built a wrestling facility on his Pennsylvania estate called Team Foxcatcher. In 1996, du Pont shot and killed Olympic gold medal wrestler David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) in his home. Sienna Miller will be portraying Schultz’s wife and Channing Tatum will be portraying Schultz’s Olympian wrestling champion brother.
“I’ve been discussing Foxcatcher with Michael Barker and Tom Bernard since I began researching the story in 2005,” Bennett Miller said. “It’s always been my hope and expectation that they would distribute the film. Their passion and understanding of what Foxcatcher could be and their ability to market unique and complex films makes SPC the ideal home for me. They were great partners on Capote, and I’m thrilled to be back with SPC.”
I’m truly glad that Foxcatcher will be on this year’s release schedule. The film, first announced last year, was a big question mark as it has taken a long time to find a release date. Now that it’ll be released in December, there’s no doubt that the film is going to be a major contender in this year’s Oscar race. Bennett Miller has had good luck before as his two previous films Capote and Moneyball were both nominated for Best Picture. It’ll also be interesting to see the always-fantastic Steve Carell in a role that’s different than anything he’s ever done before.
Sony Pictures Classics is going to have a busy awards season. In addition to Foxcatcher, the studio also has Woody Allen’s acclaimed dramedy Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett and the tremendous Before Midnight.
Are you excited for Foxcatcher?