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Jason Bateman to Sell Himself as Director & Star of 'IPO Man' Comedy

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October 29, 2014
Source: Deadline

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After making his directorial debut with the thoroughly enjoyable Bad Words last year, Deadline reports  Jason Bateman has just lined up his sophomore directing effort with a comedy called IPO Man. Bateman will again also take the lead role in the film set up at Fox Searchlight and based on a Wired article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." In case you haven't guessed, the film follows a man who turned himself into a public offering. However, what started out as a seemingly genius way to make money became a disaster as the shareholders wanted more control than he expected.

Here's a summary of the article:

"On January 26, 2008, a 30-year-old part-time entrepreneur named Mike Merrill decided to sell himself on the open market. He divided himself into 100,000 shares and set an initial public offering price of $1 a share. Each share would earn a potential return on profits he made outside of his day job as a customer service rep at a small Portland, Oregon, software company. Over the next 10 days, 12 of his friends and acquaintances bought 929 shares, and Merrill ended up with a handful of extra cash. He kept the remaining 99.1 percent of himself but promised that his shares would be nonvoting: He’d let his new stockholders decide what he should do with his life."

The real guy, Mike Merrill, found himself in a pickle when those who paid to control a share of him wanted to start having a say in decisions like having a vasectomy or moving in with his longtime girlfriend, who also just so happened to be a minority shareholder as well. Bateman will be working from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, writers from the acclaimed transgender series "Transparent" on Amazon (they're also part of the Mister Rogers movie that Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) are working on. The concept alone makes this a perfect comedy for Bateman's dry, everyman persona, and if it's as good as Bad Words, then we should get a solid new comedy.

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  • Justin R
    I thought Bad Words was a great movie, it was hilarious. This actually sounds very intriguing and I could definitely see myself watching this.
  • DAVIDPD
    Sounds like a great role for Bateman. The "tortured everyman" roles suit him so well.

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