The summer months often bring a slew of prospective blockbusters, as studios trot out their annual selection of big-budget spectacles. These films often feature Hollywood's hottest actors saving the day in any number of ways, whether it's the magical mayhem of the Harry Potter films or The Avengers assembling to ward off an alien invasion.
However, while summer films are centered largely on fun heroics, the winter months have become renowned for being prime real estate for Oscar contenders. Director Bennett Miller's upcoming release, Foxcatcher, certainly qualifies as the kind of film that could be positioned for awards contention, and now it looks like it's lining up for just that.
Sony Pictures Classics has announced that Foxcatcher will be released on December 20th, 2013. According to the studio's press release, the film – written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman – chronicles the "true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, that led to murder."
Foxcatcher's ensemble cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. The film is currently in post-production, and as such, the studio hasn't begun much of a marketing push for it just yet. However, with the release date now announced (and an awards season campaign likely to follow), that should change shortly.
Given Miller's track record, Sony's decision to maximize on Foxcatcher's Oscar potential is a smart business move. After all, Capote and Moneyball – Miller's previous directorial efforts – attracted heavy awards attention in 2005 and 2011, respectively. In fact, both films featured high-profile casts, were based on real life events and secured Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
If the film truly lives up to its pedigree, Foxcatcher may prove to be one to watch this holiday season. Considering that Sony will likely want to drum up buzz before the film hits screens in a few months, it's possible that the studio will start with a limited release so that moviegoers can discover it gradually, a release pattern that many Oscar winners have used to great effect. In any case, keep an eye out for more from this promising film.
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As mentioned above, Foxcatcher will now be released on December 20th, 2013.