Carell’s ‘Way, Way Back’ Sets Sundance Sales Record, Great Reviews for Rudd’s ‘Avalanche’
Steve Carell’s The Way, Way Back was just bought for a record $9.75 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The comedy, a coming-of-age story following a teenage outcast (Liam James) and the friendship with his manager (Sam Rockwell) during his summer working at the local swimming pool, was written and directed by Jim Rash (Dean Pelton on NBC’s Community) and Nat Faxon (star of Fox’s Ben & Kate), the Oscar-winning duo behind 2011’s hit The Descendants. Carell plays the unlikable boyfriend of the boy’s mother (Toni Collette.) Rockwell is particularly receiving raves for his performance, described as the film’s clear scene-stealer. The film is described as a crowd-pleaser with appeal similar to Carell’s last big Sundance hit, Little Miss Sunshine.
Meanwhile, Paul Rudd received great reviews for Prince Avalanche, his new comedy co-starring Emile Hirsch, from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter.) Prince Avalanche follows the bond between two co-workers, with Rudd starring as a road line painter, giving his girlfriend’s brother a job for the summer. The film marks a return to Green’s independent film roots, while incorporating the comedic chemistry between actors that he perfected in his mainstream projects. Reviews have highlighted that style-meshing from both periods of Green’s career. Critics have been praising the film, including CinemaBlend who called it Rudd and Green’s “best work in years,” while IndieWire declares it as Green’s “most vital work to date.” The film is currently being shopped around seeking a distribution deal.
Update 01.23.13: Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to Prince Avalanche, and is currently eyeing a summertime release.