EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman and his Aggregate Films production banner have teamed with Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash for Then Came Elvis, a single-camera comedy that has sold to NBC. This marks the first TV project for Aggregate Films, which was launched in January with two-year first-look deals at Universal Pictures and Universal TV. Set in the 1980s and loosely based on Nash’s life, Then Came Elvis is about a family that finally comes together when the parents divorce. Told through voice-over from the adult son’s perspective, the series examines how, at 13, the son would have changed just about everything that was happening, but as an adult looking back, he wouldn’t change a thing. Nash will executive produce with Bateman and Aggregate president, Jim Garavente. Universal TV, where both Aggregate and Nash are under deals, will produce. This is the second high-profile 1980s-set autobiographical comedy in the works at the broadcast networks this year, along with Adam F. Goldberg’s How The F— Am I Normal at ABC.
At Universal Pictures, Aggregate is producing comedy Identity Thief starring Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, which will be released in February. Production on Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words begins at the end of this month.
Before signing an overall deal with Universal TV in May, CAA-repped Nash wrote and executive produced the Fox/Sony TV comedy pilot Let It Go starring Zachary Levi last season. Bateman, who is filming the new season of Arrested Development for Netflix, is with CAA, 3 Arts, and Hansen Jacobson.