The film follows paranoid schizophrenic and heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, John du Pont who built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, where in 1996, he shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz.
David Schultz was a longtime friend of John du Pont who had repeatedly tried to help him. Police never established a motive for the crime, which was witnessed by his wife and the estates head of security. After the shooting, he locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone.
John du Pont died last year in a Pennsylvania prison at age 72.
The projects production is expected to start in March.