Update: Another big Sundance film has found a date, as the dramedy The Way, Way Back has been set for a July 5th, 2013 release. A perfect fit considering its summer setting, the film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James and is the directorial debut from Oscar-winning The Descendants duo Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Check out our review of the film here and the original story below.
Looking back on the recently-deceased 2013 Sundance Film Festival, there are only a couple of titles which really left people floored: Before Midnight, Upstream Color, Fruitvale, and The Spectacular Now. That lattermost is probably — or, almost certainly — the most commercial of that lot; it’s got hot young leads, peppers the proceedings with comedy, mixes in some drama, and can attract fans of the popular novel upon which it’s based.
My point being that a release date sort of “matters” on this one, particularly when its domestic distributor, A24, are an upstart with one or two things to prove in presenting this year’s slate. (How they got Sofia Coppola‘s movie is not something I understand.) And, concurrently, maybe I’m putting too much thought into the significance of the release date which I should’ve just told you already instead of falling in love with my own voice: August 2nd, according to star Miles Teller. It was slipped during an interview with ScreenCrush, saying this twilight-of-summer spot if what he “think[s is] the goal” A24 have in mind.
Interesting, I suppose, because last fall’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was raised as a justification of this choice. That film did modestly in its own slot, so I have to wonder if the company are being wise — i.e., they know it’s not going to make blockbuster dollars, so they’ll try and capitalize on the teen set. And, in some way, isn’t everyone sort of nostalgic when August rolls around? The Spectacular Now could play wide if that market’s sufficiently tapped into.
Not every Sundance title can be as well-received, unfortunately, and we have to make note of one while the opportunity stands. In THR, it’s said that Lake Bell‘s directing debut, In a World…, has been acquired by Roadside Attractions for a summer 2013 opening. The reaction to this one hasn’t been too outstanding — our C+ review is nothing too contrarian — which is a shame, since I really like the logline on this one: “set in the cutthroat culture of movie trailer voice-over artists and follows a young female voice coach who enters an all-male race to be the voice of the new hot trailer of a blockbuster.”
But with a cast that includes Nick Offerman, Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, and Rob Corddry, I’ll be willing to see how this plays out.
Does August strike you as a good date for The Spectacular Now? What do you think of In a World…?
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