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Bennett Miller's True Story of Olympian Murder 'Foxcatcher' Goes to Columbia; Stars Carell, Ruffalo, Tatum & Miller

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 2:36PM

Columbia Pictures has acquired US rights to "Capote" director Bennett Miller's upcoming "Foxcatcher." The film, from Annapurna Pictures, will also be co-financed by Columbia. Miller and Columbia also worked together on last year's Oscar-nominated "Moneyball."
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Steve Carell in 'Little Miss Sunshine'
Steve Carell in 'Little Miss Sunshine'

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.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.