Sony Pictures has scored the U.S. distribution rights to Bennett Miller’s true crime drama “Foxcatcher”.
Sony and Annapurna Pictures will co-finance the project in which Steve Carell plays schizophrenic murderer John du Pont, the heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who built a wrestling gym called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate.
In 1996, he shot and killed his close friend, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), at the training centre. After the murder, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone.
A motive for the crime was never established, and du Pont himself died in 2010 a Pennsylvania prison at the age of 72.
Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller are onboard to co-star as Schultz’s brother and wife respectively. Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall have also joined the project.
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (“Capote”) penned the script and a Fall 2013 release is being targeted.