When you buy a modestly-received Sundance comedy for $10 million, you damn well better have plans past a small-scale summer release. But although you can make fun of their, let’s say, familiar taste to almost no end, the people at Fox Searchlight are no dummies: when a good relationship with filmmakers becomes obvious, they’ll do what’s possible to keep it up.
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash strike me as smart guys, too, and not just because they won an Oscar for co-writing The Descendants. (This is another way of saying plenty of stupid people have been handed an Academy Award, a total digression though this may be.) So, with all this knowledge to be shared — plus, with The Descendants and The Way, Way Back both under the studio’s control — Variety report that Fox Searchlight have contracted the pair for a recently-drafted, currently-untitled drama set around the lives of a dysfunctional family — which isn’t so dissimilar from Alexander Payne‘s movie, nor some of what’s been said about their own. Except, depending on how you’d label The Descendants in terms of its genre, slightly less humorous.
Liking that one a pretty fair amount, I argue it’s better if this, disregarding whatever else comes to light, ends up more a stretch of their talent than simply an extension. We have, at this point, nothing of note to say about it — if we ever did, in all honestly –so the rest, I guess, is in their hands.
Is a different turn for Faxon and Rash something you’d like to see happen?
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