There’ve been big sales all over the place at the Sundance Film Festival again this year, with Steve Carell among the names benefiting from the latest deal – said to be one of the most expensive in Sundance history. The past couple of days have been abuzz with news of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial effort Don’s Jon Addiction being bought for $4 million, whilst the Steve Coogan/Michael Winterbottom partnership has worked out again with the story of Soho Porn King Paul Raymond, ‘The Look Of Love’, also being snapped up.
However, this deal shades them all: The Way, Way Back, directed by Nat Flaxon and Jim Rash and starring Liam James and Sam Rockwell as well as Carell, has been snapped up for a whopping $10 million. The buyers are Fox Searchlight, with the deal supposedly among the biggest the event’s ever seen. The narrative follows James as a 14 year-old boy spending a miserable summer in a town in Massachusetts, as his mother - played by Toni Collette – has started dating Carell’s character. He becomes friends with Rockwell’s character, however, who has a decrepit water park.
Among Fox Searchlights distributed titles, according to The Los Angeles Times, are The Descendants and Little Miss Sunshine - two films that The Way, Way Back would certainly be in good company with.