TELLURIDE: Newmarket picks up ‘Way Back’ for Jan. release

Posted by · 5:20 pm · September 2nd, 2010

I have to say, if Newmarket Films isn’t planning an Oscar qualifying run in December for “The Way Back” (and nothing in the release or news stories indicates that it’s in the cards), then it’s quickly off the table as a must-see in the early stages of Telluride.  I’ll see it, mind you (I’ve been very much looking forward to it), but the “Never Let Me Go” world premiere may have just moved to the head of the line for tomorrow morning.

Anyway, the film is set for release on January 21.  That’s prime launching ground for a film with a qualifying run, so I don’t know, maybe there’s more to it.  Jeff Sneider reports at The Wrap that an individual familiar with the situation says the studio is “still considering” a qualifying run.

I actually chatted with Weir briefly this afternoon.  Apparently the decision to bow the film at Telluride was somewhat last minute, or at least pretty late in the game (which is why it was probably the biggest surprise inclusion on this morning’s schedule).

The director will be feted here tomorrow.  I’ve heard from two different people who’ve seen “The Way Back.” Both loved it but disagreed on the awards potential.  We’ll see what the reaction is after tomorrow morning’s screening.  Ed Harris is also in town to promote the film, by the way.

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  • 1 9-02-2010 at 5:36 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I hated when major studios fear picking up these kinds of movies. From a business stand point I understand because nowadays if it doesn’t have a recognizable title, or big stars very few people will see it. But if they don’t take risks, how will they know!

    For example, why is Focus releasing Biutiful everywhere around the world, but no the US? I’m sure that with their marketing team behind it it would have been a modest hit like The Kids are All Right, and their investment would have paid off from world-wide grosses.

    This pisses me off especially because theaters near me don’t show movies from smaller studios. They do show from branches of bigger ones (SPC, Focus, etc.) but not from IFC, Magnolia, Newmarket, etc.

  • 2 9-02-2010 at 5:37 pm

    Mr. F said...

    *The first few words should read “I hate it”

  • 3 9-02-2010 at 5:39 pm

    Sean said...

    I’d be a shame if it wasnt even released this year. But TheWrap has said they’ve talked to someone close to the situation and a limited december release is still in the cards. So hopefully it gets good buzz outta Telluride to make sure that happens.

    It makes sense to check out NLMB but i was really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on TWB during Oscartalk. (u 2 still doin that tomorrow?)

  • 4 9-02-2010 at 5:39 pm

    caro said...

    wait! the last time where i heard a possible oscar contenter finally will release in January was “lovely bones” and ni some Oscar 2011 predictions,there is Ed Harris

  • 5 9-02-2010 at 6:00 pm

    Maxim said...

    That would indeed be a shame, especially considering Weir’s directorial standing and relative Osacr populairty of his fims (at least in terms of nominations).

    Hope it gets proper respect (if it deserves it).

  • 6 9-02-2010 at 6:25 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    I’m excited for the The Way Back’s soundtrack. Has there ever been poor music in a Weir film?

  • 7 9-02-2010 at 6:42 pm

    Glenn said...

    Mr F, Focus International is different. Focus International released the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake for cryin’ out loud! They’d never do that in America.

    Anyway, hmm… yeah, this doesn’t bode well unless it gets its December release and performs like “Letters from Iwo Jima”.

  • 8 9-02-2010 at 8:48 pm

    Princess of Peace said...

    Actually, Focus is the international sales agent for Biutiful not the distributor. Each country has its own distributor. In the US CAA was the sales agent for the film.

    In any case I look forward to seeing Biutiful, The Way Back (glad it got a distributor) and many other films this fall/winter.

  • 9 9-04-2010 at 11:52 am

    MovieMan said...

    This reeks of “The Lovely Bones” to me, which is not a good thing, since I kind of hated that film.

    Weir hasn’t made a film since “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” which I was decidedly not a fan of. But then again, I’ve either liked (“Fearless,” “Green Card,” “Picnic at Hanging Rock”) or absolutely loved (“Dead Poets Society,” “The Truman Show,” “The Year of Living Dangerously”) his other projects. So count me interested and cautiously optimistic that he gets back on his game.