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