Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that principal photography for Win Win will begin March 15th in New York. The film stars Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Academy Award-nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air), Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”). Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) is directing based on a story by McCarthy and Joe Tiboni.
In Win Win, McCarthy explores the allegiances and bonds between unlikely characters with a lighter touch. Struggling attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, becomes legal guardian of an elderly client in an attempt to help keep his practice afloat. When the client’s teenage grandson runs away from home and shows up on his grandfather’s doorstep, Mike’s family life and his wrestling team are turned upside down. Mike’s win-win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for. McCarthy’s deft touch balancing drama and comedy, broken hearts and poignant humanity is at play in Win Win.
The film is being produced by Mary Jane Skalski, Michael London and Everest Entertainments Lisa Maria Falcone who also is co-financing the film with Fox Searchlight Pictures. Everest Entertainment’s Tom Heller will be an Executive Producer. Claudia Lewis, President of Production and Matthew Greenfield, Senior Vice President of Production are overseeing the project.
“I’m happy to be starting my third film with so many familiar faces as well as some really exciting actors that I haven’t had a chance to work with before. I’m grateful to Lisa Maria Falcone and thrilled to be working with Fox Searchlight, which is the perfect home for ‘Win Win,'” said Tom McCarthy.
“Tom is a talented filmmaker whose unique vision is poignant, heartwarming and infused with hope,” said Gilula and Utley. “These remarkable actors are sure to bring a certain depth and nuance to the roles that he has so superbly crafted.”
“We are delighted to begin production on ‘Win Win’ and have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful, talented filmmaker as Tom McCarthy,” said Falcone. “We are also excited to be beginning a relationship with Fox Searchlight on such a fantastic film.”
“We are thrilled to be working together again with Tom McCarthy. Our collaboration on ‘The Visitor’ was a high point for both of us and helping Tom bring this wonderful new story to the screen has been a real joy,” said Skalski and London.