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AFM 2012: Columbia Pictures Picks Up Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

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Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in the Annapurna film about a wrestler's murder.

Columbia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, from Annapurna Pictures. Columbia also is joining the film as a co-financer.

The project, based on a true story, will see Carell playing John du Pont, the eccentric millionaire who built a wrestling training facility on his Pennsylvania estate and then, in 1996, murdered Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz, who will be played by Mark Ruffalo.

The cast also includes Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. The film, now in production, was written by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye and is being produced by Annapurna's Megan Ellison along with Anthony Bregman and Miller

The deal reunites Miller with Columbia, which teamed on last year's Moneyball. Panorama Media is handling International sales of the film at the American Film Market.

Columbia’s Andrew Gumpert and Michael Marshall negotiated the deal with Panorama, which is serving as the film’s sales agent. Sony Pictures will aim to release the film in fall 2013.