Jason Bateman joined Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event to talk about the next season of his Netflix series Ozark, which he calls a sequel “as opposed to a second season.” “We’re approaching [Ozark] as a 10-chapter movie… the second year is not a completely new story, but it is another single beginning, middle, and end.”

The Contenders Emmys 2018
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Bateman, who was joined onstage at the DGA Theater today by his co-star Julia Garner, gave props to the Netflix format. “It’s fantastic from a creative standpoint in that you can make assumptions that people are going to be biting off big chunks of this. From a writing standpoint, you don’t feel the same obligation to reestablish things.”

He also touched on the show’s comparisons to Breaking Bad, calling it “flattering.”

“You got a fortysomething-year-old white guy who’s got a family and a very domestic situation and he gets himself involved in a criminal situation in order to provide for his family,” said Bateman. “Hopefully, we separate a bit from that show no better no worse.”

When asked about his other Netflix show, Arrested Development, Bateman remained tight-lipped about plot but revealed that “the next load of episodes will be on Netflix” before Ozark, though release dates for either series have yet to be announced.

He described the new season of Arrested Development as the “best year ever, and I’ve not said that before.”