Sony Pictures Classics will release Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" on the prime awards season date of December 20th, it was announced today. Originally pegged for release via Sony's Columbia Pictures (which released Miller's previous film "Moneyball"), the Annapurna Pictures-produced film will now head to theaters (and Oscar season) via Sony Pictures Classics (which released Miller's first film "Capote").
Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave, "Foxcatcher" tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. Written by E. Max Frye and "Capote" scribe Dan Futterman, the film clearly aims to become Bennett Miller's third straight film to receive a best picture nomination.
“I've been discussing 'Foxcatcher' with Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] since I began researching the story in 2005 and it's always been my hope and expectation that they would distribute the film," Bennett Miller said. "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."
Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard added: “We always felt this story could be a great movie and we pursued the project the minute we heard Bennett wanted to make it. We are excited to partner with Megan Ellison and Annapurna, glad Bennett is back with us and 'Foxcatcher' has found its home at SPC.”
"Foxcatcher" now joins a Sony Picture Classics awards slate that includes Woody Allen's huge summer hit "Blue Jasmine" (sure to be a best actress contender at the very least) Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" (out October 18), Asghar Farhadi's Cannes favorite "The Past" (out December 20th) and Ralph Fiennes' Toronto premiere "The Invisible Woman" (out Christmas Day).