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Netflix Picks Up Jason Bateman’s Drama Series ‘Ozark’ From MRC

Netflix LogoOzark, the drama series starring, executive produced and directed by Jason Bateman, has landed at NetflixMRC and Aggregate are producing the project, which was taken out last fall and has been in negotiations at Netflix for about two months. The Internet network declined comment.

In his retuPremiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures And Village Roadshow Pictures' "The Judge" - Red Carpetrn to television and Netflix, Arrested Development star Bateman is taking a dramatic turn with Ozark, created by rising feature writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge), which take place in the dark and dangerous world of drug-money laundering. The series takes its name from the location where it is set, The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

As director, Bateman will be involved in establishing the creative vision for the series, working with Dubuque. The two executive produce with Mark Williams. Chris Mundy has come on board as showrunner.

MRC LogoOzark, which eyes a spring 2016 start of production, joins MRC’s roster of pay cable/digital series that includes Netflix’s first original scripted series House Of Cards as well as Starz’s Blunt Talk, and the upcoming The One Percent and Counterpart for Starz.

For the past decade, Bateman has been largely focused on features, only returning to TV to reprise his starring role on the new installment of Arrested Development for Netflix, which earned him a second Emmy nomination. Bateman’s second movie as a director, The Family Fang, in which he stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, premiered to strong reviews at the Toronto Film Festival.

Dubuque last year sold to Universal his action-adventure pitch The Real McCoy with Chris Pratt attached to star. He also wrote the upcoming The Accountant starring Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. Bateman is repped by CAA, Lighthouse Management and attorney Tom Hoberman, Dubuque is with CAA and Zero Gravity Management.

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  1. on Feb 25, 2016 10:08 am

    Initially it was “the Internet network declined comment,” and now it’s “Netflix declined comment.”

    Anyone else notice that?

    • smalltownqbon Feb 25, 2016 6:29 pm

      Yep. Immediately.

  2. ANONYMOUS CONTENTMENTon Feb 25, 2016 10:49 am

    “starring, executive produced and directed by Jason Bateman”


    Who exactly is lining up for Jason Bateman’s unfiltered dramatic vision? Is he ill? Did someone set this up through Make-a-Wish?

    • Mt.on Feb 25, 2016 12:00 pm

      Nicole kidman

  3. Georgeon Feb 25, 2016 11:23 am

    Breaking Bad was the peak of the white male antihero. A lot of shows that have come since have either felt like a retread,lacked nuance, or just felt underdeveloped all around. Right now Peak TV has yet to develop these roles at the same rate for people of color and women.

    • Bobon Feb 25, 2016 11:57 am

      Read the first couple eps. It’s solid, and Bateman definitely has the range. I’m excited.

  4. Ellis Dewaldon Feb 25, 2016 11:53 am

    This pilot was fucking fantastic.

  5. TMon Feb 25, 2016 12:49 pm

    Bill Dubuque can do no wrong… Best writer working today. And a helluva good guy to boot.

  6. on Mar 4, 2016 6:35 pm

    This really upsets me and they need to take their camera’s elsewhere! I live here and out small town is amazing and beautiful and to bring the negative crap here is wrong and I’m gonna do something about it!

  7. on Mar 22, 2016 2:54 pm

    Love Jason Bateman, and Chris Mundy consistently wrote the most chilling episodes of Criminal Minds. Excited to see what becomes of this.