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Writer-directors detail how 'The Way Way Back' was a long, long road
Writer-directors detail how 'The Way Way Back' was a long, long road

It all started with a phone call. At the time, we were at a movie theater. On the phone, our "team" of managers and agents. We ran out into the hallway to answer. (Our apologies to whatever movie we were seeing at the time. This was a call we had been anticipating.) "Congrats, guys. Fox Searchlight has greenlit the movie. It's a go!" said the voice on the other end. Cheers and congratulations followed. That was in 2005. Before it all fell apart ... the first time. What followed was an eight-year journey, traversing different studios, directors and producers, all trying to make our first screenplay a reality. "The Way Way Back" — a personal coming-of-age story inspired by our own memories...

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