EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman has set a deal with Netflix to direct an untitled action comedy script by Game Night and Accepted screenwriter Mark Perez. Bateman will produce with Michael Costigan through their Aggregate Films banner, teaming with Jeff Kirsc…
Jason Bateman, who stars on a pair of Netflix series in “Ozark” and “Arrested Development,” is deepening his relationship with the streaming giant via a multi-year deal spanning both film and TV for his production company, Aggregate.
Bateman will work with veteran film producer and executive Michael Costigan to form a new, shared vision under the Aggregate name. The two will combine their respective film and television slates, and also work closely together to develop and produce future projects that draw on both emerging talent and their deep bench of filmmaker and actor relationships.
“I am excited to continue our long relationship with Jason and watch him excel not only as a talented actor and filmmaker, but also as a producer. We are looking to Aggregate as a major supplier for us here at Netflix,” said Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Cindy, Scott and I look forward to merging our vision and goals for the future in film and TV alongside Aggregate’s. The combination of Jason and Michael brings an impressive history of industry experience and relationships here to their new home.”
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Bateman returns in “Ozark” for season two on Aug. 31. Netflix will debut the back half of “Arrested Development’s” fifth season later this year. Aggregate was previously set up with Universal Television.
“Michael and I are incredibly fortunate that Aggregate has been welcomed into the Netflix fold. Through my experience with ‘Arrested Development’ and now ‘Ozark,’ I have seen first-hand the positive, thriving culture that Ted, Cindy and Scott have created,” said Bateman. “We look forward to working hard with their dedicated and creative teams to contribute to the enormous momentum and high quality content that Netflix delivers.”
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“Maze Runner” star Kaya Scodelario has been cast to play Ted Bundy’s ex-wife, Carole Anne Boone, in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” an individual with knowledge of TheWrap.
Zac Efron will play the notorious serial killer in the film that will be directed by “Paradise Lost” helmer Joe Berlinger. The film will be told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth (who will be played by Lily Collins), who went years denying the accusations against Bundy, but ultimately turned him into the police.
Voltage Pictures and COTA Entertainment are producing the project, alongside Michael Simkin and Jason Barrett of Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild. Ara Keshishian, Nicolas Chartier, and Michael Costigan will be producing via Voltage and COTA.
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Scodelario recently starred in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which opened this past weekend and grossed $23.5 million. She also starred in “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” in 2015 and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” last year. She will next star in “The King’s Daughter.”
Voltage is fully financing with Jonathan Deckter executive producing. Production began this month. Scodelario is represented by CAA and Wolf Kasteler Public Relations.
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Zac Efron will star in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, director Joe Berlinger’s psychological thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy that is set up for Cannes by Voltage Pictures and Michael Costigan‘s COTA Films. Michael Werwie wrote the script, which got him a Nicholl Fellowship prize and made the 2012 Black List.
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