Netflix has renewed Ozark for a third season. The family crime drama, directed and produced by Jason Bateman, revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Netflix’s money drama explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival, through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans.
Netflix promptly renewed the programme for a sophomore run, a vote of confidence that was justified by the show’s eventual nomination for a Golden Globe award. It has since signed a multi-year first-look deal with Bateman’s production company, Aggregate.
Bateman said at the time: “Michael [Costiagan] and I are incredibly fortunate that Aggregate has been welcomed into the Netflix fold. Through my experience with Arrested Development and now Ozark, I have seen first-hand the positive, thriving culture that Ted, Cindy and Scott have created. We look forward to working hard with their dedicated and creative teams to contribute to the enormous momentum and high quality content that Netflix delivers.”
“Ozark’s sophomore outing is even more bloated and bleak than its preceding season,” we wrote in our review of Season 2. “It’s once again salvaged by an absorbing, multi-layered performance from Julia Garner, but, after a rather bland season, it’s unclear where Ozark can possibly go from here.”
Netflix, though, is clearly intrigued to see where it can go, with an order given for a further 10 episodes, likely to premiere in 2019. Chris Mundy will return as showrunner. Netflix announced the renewal today on Twitter.