FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STEVE CARELL AND TONI COLLETTE HEAD AN OUTSTANDING CAST IN
SYCAMORE PICTURES, THE WALSH COMPANY AND ODDLOT ENTERTAINMENT’S PRODUCTION OF
“THE WAY, WAY BACK”
Academy Award-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants”) direct their original screenplay
The Comedy-Drama Begins Shooting in Massachusetts on June 25, 2012
MARSFIELD, MA.- June 27, 2012 – The Massachusetts Film Office announces the filming of “The Way, Way Back” in Massachusetts this summer. Cameras began rolling on June 25th on the comedy-drama “THE WAY, WAY BACK,” starring Steve Carell (“The Office,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,”), Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara,” “The Sixth Sense”), Sam Rockwell (“Safe Men,” “Iron Man 2”), Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” “The Help”), AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer,” “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory“), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids,” “SNL”), Amanda Peet (“Something’s Gotta Give,” “Identity”), Rob Corddry (“The Daily Show,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”), newcomer Zoe Levin (“Trust”) and Liam James (AMC’s “The Killing”).
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, recipients of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants,” wrote the screenplay and are making their directorial debut.
“THE WAY, WAY BACK” is produced by Kevin Walsh and Tom Rice. Executive Producers are Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Ben Nearn, Gigi Pritzker and George Parra.
During a vacation in a Northeast beach town, a lonely teenage boy, Duncan (Liam James), comes into his own over the course of a summer through an unlikely friendship with the manager of a local water park (Sam Rockwell). Duncan’s mother, Pam (Toni Collette), alienates her young son through her determined efforts to make her relationship work with her carousing boyfriend (Steve Carell) whose disingenuous attempts to build a family are immediately transparent to Duncan.
(Carell and Collette reteam for the first time since their acclaimed work in “Little Miss Sunshine.”)
“We are excited to have ‘The Way, Way Back’ here as we continue to expand the film industry in Massachusetts,” said Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “This is good news for local crew members and for our economy in the Southeastern part of the state as we continue to work on expanding economic development opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”
Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are alums of the improv/sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings. They are writing a second feature for Alexander Payne, Jim Burke, and Jim Taylor’s Ad Hominem Enterprises and have recently sold an original action-comedy starring Kristen Wiig to Indian Paintbrush that Kevin Walsh will also produce.
Both men enjoy thriving acting careers: Faxon stars in next season’s FOX comedy “Ben and Kate,” and Rash currently plays Dean Pelton on NBC’s “Community.” They appear in “THE WAY, WAY BACK” as two eclectic water park employees.
“This is a wonderful project for Massachusetts and we are thrilled that this talented team chose Marshfield, Plymouth, Pembroke and Wareham as the base of their operations and locations for their film,” said Lisa Strout, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office.
“For us to have been blessed with this cast and crew after our six-year journey with this passion project makes this truly special,” said Faxon and Rash. “We thought about cutting our teeth on a 3D sci-fi action-thriller about radioactive kittens with hearts of gold, but then we thought, you know what, let’s make this coming-of-age tale. Then, we collapsed into each other in a fit of laughter and hope.”
“Tom and I are thrilled to be bringing this movie to life with our exceptional cast and such a distinguished crew,” added Walsh. “The team that we’ve assembled is a testament to Nat and Jim’s tremendous talent and their terrific script.”
“THE WAY, WAY BACK” films in East Wareham and Marshfield, MA, until July 27, 2012.
Lisa Simmons, Director of Communications
For Production Publicist:
Scott Levine, Film Publicist