Fox Searchlight Picks Up Nat Faxon & Jim Rash's 'The Way, Way Back'
by Alex Billington
January 22, 2013
From improv, to comedy acting, to Oscar winning writing, to directing. These two talented individuals, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, are definitely breaking out big. It has been confirmed via press release that Fox Searchlight very quickly acquired their film The Way, Way Back which just premiered yesterday the Sundance Film Festival. I was in attendance at the premiere myself, it's a fantastic and heartwarming film, but the kicker was the very warm standing ovation the film received at the end. A charming coming-of-age indie comedy set at a water park, this is very likely to be a strong sleeper hit if they put it out this summer.
"Nat and Jim have crafted a uproarious coming of age story and it is great to be reunited with them," said Fox Searchlight Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. "The amazingly pitch perfect cast never misses a beat and was well deserving of the standing ovation the film received yesterday." Commenting on this news, Faxon & Rash said: "This is a very personal film and it's been a long journey. We are so overwhelmed by the response it received at Sundance and are beyond delighted that it's found a home with our family at Fox Searchlight." It was at Searchlight where Faxon & Rash won the Screenplay Oscar for The Descendants.
Directed and written by Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Way, Way Back tells the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world, all during a summer he will never forget.