The film was produced by Kevin J. Walsh of The Walsh Company and Tom Rice of Sycamore Pictures, and executive produced by Sycamore's Ben Nearn and George Parra, OddLot Entertainment's Gigi Pritzker, Faxon, and Rash. OddLot Entertainment and Sycamore Pictures co-financed the project.
The film is scheduled to be released in Summer, 2013. Here's what Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula had to say about the project.
Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash also released a statement regarding the acquisition.
Producers Kevin J. Walsh and Tom Rice also spoke about working with Fox Searchlight.
The Way, Way Back is 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, Steph (Zoe Levin).
Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious 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.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight's Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O'Brien and Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and WME Global negotiated the deal with Craig A. Emanuel on behalf of the financiers.
Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the project for territories outside those acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Way, Way Back was released July 5th, 2013 and stars Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry. The film is directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash.