Columbia Pictures has acquired US rights to “Capote” director Bennett Miller’s upcoming “Foxcatcher.” The anticipated film, from billionaire Larry Ellison scion Megan’s Annapurna Pictures, will also be co-financed by Columbia. Miller and Columbia also worked together on last year’s Oscar-nominated “Moneyball.”
The film, currently in production, stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.
Based on a true story long-in-development by Miller, the film is written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Miller’s “Capote”) . The story follows John du Pont, a multimillionaire and paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility named Foxcatcher on his personal estate in Pennsylvania. In 1996, Du Pont murdered his longtime friend and Olympic gold medal winning wrestler David Schultz, whom he was convinced was part of a conspiracy to kill him. Carell plays Du Pont, in a drastically darker role than we’re used to seeing him in (his suicidal Proust scholar in “Little Miss Sunshine” is the darkest we’ve seen him, and it was still hilarious), while Ruffalo plays Schultz. Tatum and Miller play Schultz’s brother and wife.
Annapurna is backing a number of class-act pictures (“The Master,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lawless,” “Killing Them Softly”). Audiences don’t have to worry about whether they cost too much to make their money back; that’s Ellison’s prerogative.
A fall 2013 release is planned.