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Columbia Pictures Join Team “Foxcatcher”; Make it 2 for 2 with Bennett Miller

Columbia Pictures are making an early bid towards possible 2013 Oscar talk by grabbing the distrib rights to the Bennett Miller directed, Foxcatcher. The studio will co-finance along with Annapurna Pictures – the current champion of arty tentpole flicks. Currently in production in Pittsburgh, Columbia are looking at releasing the pic strategically during the fall season – logically they’ll be looking at the Toronto Int. Film Festival as the lieu for the world premiere, exactly where Miller’s Moneyball got its start.

Gist: Scripted by E. Max Frye and actor/scribe Dan Futterman (Capote), this is based on the 1996 murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) by his friend, John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic who operated a Pennsylvania-based training facility called Team Foxcatcher.

Worth Noting: Du Pont was a convicted murderer, multimillionaire and philanthropist. This wiki entry explores some of his background – including his love/support for amateur sports.

Do We Care?: What appears to be a complicated duel character study and dramatically interesting terrain for Carell, there are only a handful of “studio-films” that we’re anticipating for 2013 and this is one of them, thanks in part to Miller’s direction.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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