'The Way, Way Back' Trailer - The Biggest Acquisition Out of Sundance 2013

The Way, Way Back trailer
AnnaSophia Robb and Liam James in The Way, Way Back
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

I expect a couple of films picked up at this year's Sundance Film Festival to end up at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in May and The Way, Way Back is one of those films and today Fox Searchlight released the first official trailer for the upcoming movie, which is slated for a July 5 release.

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.

Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the Oscar winning duo that wrote The Descendants, The Way, Way Back marked the biggest acquisition out of Sundance this year with Searchlight nabbing rights for $9.75 million besting competing studios including Lionsgate, Paramount, Magnolia, FilmDistrict and Open Road.

See what all the fuss is about in the trailer below.

  • http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com Vince Smetana

    Correct me if I'm wrong, Brad, but at $9.75M, wasn't it the biggest Sundance acquisition ever (by about 3 miles or so)?

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      I'm fairly certain that Little Miss Sunshine was bought for more, about $10.5 million, if my memory is correct.

      • http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com Vince Smetana

        You are correct. Thanks! I just found these also:

        Happy, Texas $10M
        Hustle & Flow $9M

        Looks like it has been a while since a purchase around this figure was achieved.

        • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

          Yeah, it's a really good sign, I guess! I'm really looking forward to this, so it's hard to not watch the trailer...

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    I love a good coming of age story, and this looks like it could be pretty great. The cast and writers have me feeling pretty optimistic. I'll definitely check it out.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    Looking forward to this. I enjoyed The Descendants quite a bit and I'll watch anything with Sam Rockwell. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are really talented and I can't wait to see what they do with their directorial debut.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I love waterpark / theme park movies. In for this one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

    One of my most anticipated films of the year. Hope that Rockwell finally gets some major award recognition.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

      The metascore of 56 thus far don't help though. Hope you get a chance to check this one out Cannes Brad, love your reviews brother

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Honestly looks like a fun movie

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Looks good! I'll try to see it!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/katy/ katy

    Sam Rockwell rocks in this trailer!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    I am really looking forward to this! Great actors. Great writers. I'm sold

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    My first impression is "this is why I love indie films"!! Allison Janey steals supporting actress in this. Not that she would win anything with a July release, but Ive always liked her. Think Juno. I try not to watch trailers, but the fact that it was picked up from Sundance by searchlight made me cave. Im glad I watched this though if only for the sake of spreading the word.