Streaming giant Netflix is in talks with Ozark star Jason Bateman to direct a heist film, Here Comes the Flood. The company had bagged script earlier this year from Simon Kinberg after a round of competitive bidding.
According to Deadline, the new project has been described as an elevated, character-driven love-story heist movie, with the heist playing out in increments.
In a mid-seven-figure contract, Netflix reportedly beat out several offers for the project and Jason Bateman allegedly beat out several “top directors” for that task.
The film will be produced by Kinberg and Audrey Chon, president of Genre Films, and if an agreement with Bateman is sealed, he will also work as a producer with his partner Michael Costigan under their Aggregate Films banner.
The 51-year-old actor recently starred in the hit Netflix show Ozark. The series received 18 nominations at the Emmys, including a nomination for Bateman for Lead Actor-Drama Series.
Other categories included Outstanding Drama Show, Outstanding Lead Actress – Laura Linney, and Outstanding Supporting Actress – Julia Garner.
Bateman won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for an episode of Ozark in 2019.
Given the early stage of the talks, it probably would be quite a while before the Netflix heist movie premiere. In any case, the news boasts good news for Netflix subscribers who took Bateman ‘s job on the grueling crime thriller of Netflix’s Ozark.
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