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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nat Faxon & Jim Rash’s The Way, Way Back

A top-tier 2007 Blacklist script that would end up falling back into the laps of those who penned the project, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s debut behind the camera was completed midway this year and if the producers choose to go the festival route with The Way Way Back it could command a huge payday with the Little Miss Sunshine reunion of Steve Carell and Toni Collette. The dramedy also includes Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and Allison Janney.

Gist: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.

Production Co./Producers: Sycamore Pictures’ Tom Rice and Doubleyou’s Kevin J. Walsh

Prediction: Premieres section but could see this wait until TIFF in the fall.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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