The Red Hot Academy Award winning writing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) are set to make their combined directorial debut with their screenplay; The Way, Way Back. With filming set to begin next week in Massachusetts they had a few casting spots to fill and according to Deadline, those spots have been filled with some veteran comedy talent. Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet and Maya Rudolph have been added to a cast that already included; Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Liam James and Sam Rockwell.
The Way, Way Back is described as a drama comedy, aka the awful term “dramedy”, that is set over the course of a summer. It follows a teenage boy (James) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an adult (Rockwell) who then helps him confront his abusive stepfather (Carell) and also reconnect with his mother (Collette). Of particular note, Faxon and Rash will appear in the film as Waterpark co-workers of James and Rockwell.
A few years back the title The Way Back must have been very popular around Hollywood. In 2010 Colin Farrell starred in a film entitled The Way Back and shortly thereafter a screenplay was greenlit that was also called The Way Back. Some genius must have realized the “similarity” and figured the "new" soon-to-be-filmed flick needed a new name. Obviously racking their collective brains for days or even weeks, they finally settled on The Way, Way Back. With the lack of originality so prevalant in La-La- Land, it's amazing they didn't call it "WaterPark" or "Teenage Boy and the Older Man" or how about..."The Way Back"?