So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.
Reuniting "Little Miss Sunshine" stars Steve Carell and Toni Collette with Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry, Zoe Levin and Liam James in support, the story follows a teenage boy who, over the course of a summer vacation, strikes up a friendship that gives him the courage to stand up to his carousing, boozing stepfather and reconnect with his mother (Colette). Janney plays a next-door neighbor; Rockwell is a water-park manager who befriends the teenager, Carell portrays Collette's jerky new boyfriend and Rudolph is a water park employee. All told, it looks like it could be an indie charmer.
However, there is no word yet on when we'll see it. The film has no distributor at the moment and is mulling festival appearances in 2013 (and we'd reckon this New York Times piece, which dropped the first image, is not-so-coincidentally timed to arrive before the TIFF market next month) but we'd wager it'll find a home soon. For Faxon and Rash it has been a labor of love to bring this Black List script (from 2007) to the big screen, and hopefully it'll pay off.