Jason Bateman Making Directorial Debut with Spelling Bee Comedy

July 10, 2012
Source: Variety

Jason Bateman

Audiences have enjoyed plenty of Jason Bateman on the small screen with "Arrested Development" (with new episodes on the way) and on the big screen in films like Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, Paul and Up in the Air. But now Bateman will also go behind the camera with a new indie comedy called Bad Words. Variety says the actor will make his directorial debut with the film that follows a bitter thirty-something who uses a loophole in the system to enter a national kids' spelling bee. It sounds like Bateman will also play the lead character in the film written by newcomer Andrew Dodge whose script made the Black List in 2011.

This won't be the first time Bateman has gone behind the camera as he previously directed an episode of "Arrested Development" and also an episode of "Family Matters" back in the day. Darko Entertainment will produce the film with Bateman's DumbDumb production banner, and it sounds like a promising indie comedy that will likely tickle our fancy at a film festival down the road. Bateman has great comedic timing, and it will be interesting to see how he fares directing and starring in the same film for the first time. The industry always needs more great comedy directors.

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I like Jason Bateman, so it's really hard to imaging that when he's ready to direct his first movie, he sat down to think of something hilarious, and came up with 'spelling bee'.

OfficialJab on Jul 11, 2012

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