Columbia nabs rights to ‘Foxcatcher’

Drama stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Columbia Pictures has caught U.S. distribution rights to Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” from Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures in addition to coming on to co-finance the movie, which Panorama Media is repping international sales for at AFM this week.

Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, drama is based on a true story and stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Carell stars as John du Pont, the paranoid schizophrenic heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate. Ruffalo will play Olympic grappler Dave Schultz, a longtime friend of du Pont who had repeatedly tried to help him before du Pont shot and killed him in 1996. Police never established a motive for the crime. Tatum and Miller will co-star as Schultz’s brother and wife, respectively.

Megan Ellison, Anthony Bregman and Miller are producing “Foxcatcher,” which is currently in production. Sony Pictures Entertainment aims to release the film in the fall of 2013.

The deal, which Columbia’s Andrew Gumpert and Michael Marshall negotiated with Panorama Media, reunites Miller with the studio, which released his Oscar-nominated drama “Moneyball” last year.

Sony and Annapurna are also teaming to release Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” at the end of the year.