Magazine article Screen International

Sundance: Searchlight Goes Back; Magnolia, CNN Net Blackfish

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance: Searchlight Goes Back; Magnolia, CNN Net Blackfish

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As deals continued to explode out of Park City, Fox Searchlight paid just under $10m for North America and select major territories to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's feature directorial debut The Way, Way Back. Sierra / Affinity handles international sales.

On the same day [22] Magnolia and CNN Films swooped on US rights to the killer whale documentary Blackfish.

Searchlight negotiated through Monday night with WME, CAA and Craig Emanuel following the world premiere of The Way, Way Back at the Eccles and will release the coming-of-age tale this summer.

OddLot Entertainment and Sycamore Pictures co-financed the project and Kevin J Walsh of The Walsh Company produced with Tom Rice of Sycamore. The latter's Ben Nearn and George Parra served as executive producers alongside OddLot principal Gigi Pritzker, as well as Faxon and Rash.

Sam Rockwell, Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb and Amanda Peet star in the story of a shy 14-year-old boy's rite of passage one summer when he befriends a gregarious water park manager. …

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