Bad news, at least for me–”Foxcatcher,” the Bennett Miller directed-movie has been shifted from a December release to a 2014 date. They say the move comes so the filmmakers have more time to finish the movie. But it’s also just as likely that Sony Pictures Classics wants to move it out of this year’s crowded Oscar field to next year where it may have a better chance for awards.
“Foxcatcher” is “the true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), which eventually leads to murder.” Deadline says that people who have seen early cuts of the film think that Carell’s performance is stunning, but this year’s Best Actor field is overstuffed, so a move might be a big help to him in particular.I’m sorry to see it bumped, though, as I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Miller’s only made two other movies, and both were nominated for Best Picture. Pretty good track record there.
This isn’t the first prestige awards-aimed movie to run from the 2013 race; “Grace of Monaco,” with Nicole Kidman’s Oscar hopes also moved to 2014 earlier this week. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” may move due to an inability to finish on time, plus a desire to get away from other awards hopefuls. Then again, whose to say that 2014 will be any easier?
“Foxcatcher” was supposed to premiere at the AFI Festival in November, but of course that’s now unlikely.