The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee from a screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Producers are Lianne Halfon, Russ Smith, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Sidney Kimmel and Vallee.
Gyllenhaal portrays a successful investment banker who struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. He continues to unravel despite pressure from his father-in-law, portrayed by Chris Cooper. His character then forms an unlikely connection with a customer service rep and single mother, played by Watts, after writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.
Newcomer Judah Lewis plays Watts’ son in the movie.
Vallee directed “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild.” Fox Searchlight bought the U.S. rights to “Demolition” while it was still in production in New York last October.
Gyllenhaal has a pair of potential awards films opening soon with The Weinstein Company’s boxing drama “Southpaw” launching July 24 and Universal’s mountaineering drama “Everest” opening on Sept. 18. He plays expedition leader Scott Fischer in “Everest,” which recaps the disastrous 1996 climbing season on the world’s highest mountain.