Jason Bateman to direct, exec produce and star in new drama Ozark
Jason Bateman isnt simply starring in an upcoming TV series; the actor will also direct and executive produceOzark, a new series for MRC and Aggregate studios,Deadline reports. Unlike the legendary comedyhes perhaps best known for,Arrested Development, Ozarkwill be an hour-long drama.
As the title suggests,Ozark will take place around the American mountain range, specifically Missouris Lake of the Ozarks. Little is known about the plot so far, but it will reportedly center on drug-money laundering. The series is created by Bill Dubuque, who co-wrote the filmThe Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Billy organizing Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, and more.Along with Dubuque, Bateman and Mark Williams have been influential in the development of the series; the three all serve as executive producers.
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Bateman starred as Michael Bluth duringArrested Developments original three-season run, which ended in 2006. When Netflix gave the sitcom new life, he reprised his role as a member of the dysfunctional family. Season 4 aired in 2013, and season 5 is scheduled to premiere in spring 2016, according to the shows Executive Producer Brian Grazer.
Aside fromArrested Development, Batemanhas spent most of his time working in film, both in front of, and behind the camera. Hes starred in numerous films, including big budget fare like Horrible Bosses, and he has also recently begun to take on directing jobs for smaller films. To date, he has both starred in and directed two movies: 2013sBad Wordsand this yearsThe Family Fang,with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken.
Ozarkis expected to begin production in spring 2016. The show will bigappleorganizers be shopped to premium cable and digital outlets by MRC (which also created House of Cardsfor Netflix,andBlunt Talkfor Starz), so it has yet to be determined whereOzark will land or when it will premiere.