Previously attached to Columbia Pictures, director 's upcoming drama film Foxcatcher will now be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. This move comes along with the announcement that the movie, which stars , and , among others, will finally be released on December 20th. Just in time to make it into the Award season.
Miller, director of Academy Award for Best Picture nominees Truman and Moneyball, hopes to score a gilded statuette with his third major project. Foxcatcher tells the true story of John du Pont (played in the film by Carell), a multimillionaire member of the famed du Pont dinasty, who in 1996 murdered his close friend and Olympic gold-medal champion wrestler Dave Schultz (portrayed by Ruffalo). Channing Tatum plays Schultz's younger brother and also wrestling pro, Mark. The film is based on Mark Schultz's autobiography. Also starring are as Mark's wife, as du Pont's assistant and as du Pont's mother.
Expectations are high for Foxcatcher to snatch at least one Oscar; and looking at Miller's track record, it's easy to see why. That pedigree is exactly the reason why the producers chose to move the release forward to 2013's last quarter, where it will compete with other Sony pictures like Blue Jasmine and Before Midnight. So why did Columbia pass this flick over to Sony? Probably because they have their own crop of probable Oscar contenders: hype is big for films like American Hustle (directed by ), The Monuments Men () and Captain Phillips ().
Foxcatcher premieres on December 20th, 2013.