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Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in 'Family Fang' with Nicole Kidman

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November 4, 2013

Jason Bateman / Family Fang / Nicole Kidman

The 2013 Toronto Film Festival premiered Bad Words, the directorial debut of "Arrested Development" and Horrible Bosses star Jason Bateman, and he's already lining up his sophomore effort behind the camera. Deadline reports Bateman has been tapped to direct an adaptation of The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson's book of the same name. Nicole Kidman has been attached to produce and star in the film for awhile, and she's given her seal of approval for Bateman to not only direct, but co-star in the film as well. QED International is financing the film with the hopes of production starting early in 2014. What's the story?

The synopsis of the book is as follows:

Annie and Buster (popularly known as Child A. and Child B.) are the unwilling stars of their parents’ chaotically subversive work. Art is truly a family affair for the Fangs. Years later, their lives in disarray, Annie and Buster reluctantly return home in search of sanctuary—only to be caught up in one last performance.

Be cautious when getting excited though because this is one of the dozens of the projects going on sale at AFM this week, and many of these projects are never seen or heard from again. With talents like Bateman and Kidman involved, that gives the film a better chance. Plus, with a script from David Lindsay-Abaire, the screenwriter and author behind Kidman's Rabbit Hole (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), it's bound to be a very well-written movie. Olympus Pictures will producer with Bateman's Aggregate Films and Kidman's Blossom Films and hopefully we'll see this film take off next year. Sound good?

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