Sony Pictures Classics has just announced a release date for Foxcatcher, an upcoming drama starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. The film may still be in post-production, but Sony has announced that the drama will be released on December 20, making it ripe for the awards season.
For those that aren’t aware, Foxcatcher is the latest film from director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball). The film will tell the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz, played by Tatum and Ruffalo, and their relationship with the eccentric, paranoid schizophrenic, John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, which eventually led to murder.
Here’s a photo of Tatum and Ruffalo on set. Thanks to Just Jared.
Miller’s past two films have attracted award nominations before, so Sony will definitely be hoping for some gongs this time round. The story is indeed dramatic and the cast is quite impressive. We’re very interested to see just what Steve Carell will bring to the table in this meaty and dramatic role.
Here is the important section of Sony Pictures Classics’ press release. Thanks to Coming Soon:
NEW YORK (August 15, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will distribute Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER in North America, currently in post-production. The film is produced by Megan Ellison under her company Annapurna Pictures, as well as, Miller and Anthony Bregman and will be released on December 20.
Miller’s prestigious cast and crew include Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall, Screenplay by E. Max Frye (SOMETHING WILD, AMOS & ANDREW) and Dan Futterman (CAPOTE), Cinematographer Greig Fraser (ZERO DARK THIRTY), Production Designer Jess Gonchor (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, MONEYBALL, TRUE GRIT, CAPOTE) and Editor Stuart Levy (SAVAGES, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS) and Conor O’Neill.
FOXCATCHER tells the gripping, 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.
Miller’s previous films, CAPOTE (Sony Pictures Classics) and MONEYBALL (Columbia Pictures) were both Academy Award® nominees for Best Picture.
“I’ve been discussing FOXCATCHER with Michael and Tom since I began researching the story in 2005 and 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,” said Director Bennett Miller.
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.”