Jason Bateman to direct untitled Netflix film
James R | On 28, Jan 2019
Jason Bateman is set to direct a new film for Netflix.
Word of the project, which was broken by Deadline, marks the deepening of the Arrested Development’s star with the streaming giant. Last year, his production company, Aggregate, signed a first-look, multi-year deal across film and television with Netflix, building on the success of his series Ozark, which has had two seasons on Netflix. He and veteran producer Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Out of the Furnace, Ghost in the Shell) have set out a mission to work with emerging talent as well as their network of other filmmakers and actors.
This new film is the first fruit of that deal, although details of it are still very much under wraps. What we do know is that it’s an action comedy and it is written by Game Night and Accepted screenwriter Mark Perez. Bateman and Costigan will produce through Aggregate Films, teaming with Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth. Bateman, however, will not star in the movie, and casting is currently underway, with the project reportedly being fast-tracked.