Further solidifying his role as a multi-hyphenate in the wake of being an award winning actor and successful producer (The Identify Thief, $174M global), Jason Bateman makes his second directorial after 2013’s Bad Words with The Family Fang, a feature that the Arrested Development alum calls “equal parts comedy and dramatic.”
The script about sibling sleuths investigating the sudden disappearance of their bohemian artist parents was sent to Bateman by Nicole Kidman, who was looking for a director. Family Fang was written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote the play Rabbit Hole, with the film version earning Kidman a 2011 Best Actress Oscar nom.
Bateman is a busy guy. After providing the voice for slick fox Nick Wilde in Disney’s near $900M-grossing toon Zootopia, he’s starring in Office Christmas Party. After that he is executive producing and directing the Netflix drug-laundering drama series Ozark. Down the road is Significant Other for STX Entertainment, which Bateman has an eye on directing and will star along with Jennifer Aniston.
Why Bateman loves directing: “It’s the privilege of being able to work with multiple departments to shape that one thing. When you spend a lot of time on set, in my case growing up on them, you observe a lot of difficult work from people who are not talked about. As an actor you’re doing it (a movie) 15 minutes an hour, where as a director, you’re doing it 60 minutes an hour.”