Bennett Miller's Awards Contender 'Foxcatcher' Bumped to 2014

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher Trailer Screengrab - H 2013


Steve Carell in Foxcatcher Trailer Screengrab - H 2013

The movie, which tells the true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers, was originally set for a Dec. 20 release.

Sony Pictures Classics has delayed the release of the Bennett Miller's awards contender Foxcatcher until 2014.

The move is being made to allow more time for the filmmakers to finish the film, SPC said late Thursday.

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Foxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, that led to murder.

The film, which jumped from Sony's Columbia Pictures to SPC last month, had originally been scheduled for a Dec. 20 release date, a prime perch for an awards run.

Miller had been developing the project since 2007, before Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures stepped in with financial support.

Miller has directed only two previous features, but each was nominated for the best picture Oscar: Sony Classics' Capote (2005) and Columbia's Moneyball (2011).

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The movie was part of a crowded Sony Classics awards slate that also includes Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited!, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, Asghar Farhadi's The Past, and Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman.

The news comes on the heels of The Weinstein Co.'s decision earlier this week to push its awards contender Grace of Monaco until spring, as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. The drama, in which Oscar winner Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly, was bumped from Nov. 27 to allow more time to complete the film, which will now be positioned more as a commercial entry than an awards play.