15 August 2013 5:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Word was that Sony Pictures Classics was releasing "Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller's follow-up to Sony/Columbia's Best Picture nominee "Moneyball," and so it turns out to be. Spc will open the film for Oscar consideration on December 20: it will not be finished in time for the fall festival circuit. Sony's Columbia Pictures co-financed the film with Annapurna PicturesMegan Ellison (Sony's "Zero Dark Thirty"), who produced the film with Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").  Ellison--who also backed Weinstein Co. releases "The Master," "Lawless," "Killing Them Softly" and Wong Kar-Wai's upcoming "The Grandmaster"--made a multi-picture deal with Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that also included Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and David O. Russell's December Sony release "American Hustle," but Spc was always planning to release "Foxcatcher."  Based on a true 1996 murder case that Miller has been developing as a film since »


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