Director Bennett Miller takes his time deciding which projects he wants to move forward on next, and he could have an interesting one up his sleeve as his follow up to Foxcatcher. According to THR, he’s teaming up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) for a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This new version would be a 19th century period piece and would reunite Miller with his Foxcatcher producer Annapurna Pictures.
There have been countless adaptations of A Christmas Carol, but this could be one of the hardest takes yet on Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Miller’s past films—which also include Moneyball and Capote—show that he has a fascination with tortured protagonists whose privilege doesn’t bring them any peace and only serves to further disconnect them further from the world. Billy Beane and Ebenezer Scrooge would probably have a lot to talk about if they weren’t too busy hating the world and themselves.
It will be interesting to see how quickly this moves along and who Miller sees as the next actor to take on the grumpy mantle of Scrooge.