Though Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, has so far only screened at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, the first feature was snapped up by Focus and will be in a theater near you sometime next year. That said, the film earned hearty reviews and sold for a pretty penny, so Bateman’s quick attachment to another feature isn’t entirely shocking.
Deadline reports that Bateman has locked up his next directorial outing, an adaptation of the Kevin Wilson bestseller ‘The Family Fang,” which he will also star in alongside Nicole Kidman. Bateman already pulled double-duty with Bad Words, so his The Family Fang should prove to be a relatively comfortable next step. It also doesn’t hurt that the film comes complete with a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe David Lindsay-Abaire (who recently adapted his own Rabbit Hole, which also starred Kidman).
Wilson’s book centers on “a couple of performance artists who routinely sucked their kids into taking part in a variety of bizarre events. When the full-grown children return home in a state of crisis, they are unwittingly enlisted to help in the execution of a daring and mysterious final performance by their parents, who are hellbent on achieving the act of a lifetime. Their kids harbor more than a little resentment and blame the performance art for how badly their own lives have turned out.” At its surface, it sounds a bit goofy – performance artists! – but there’s also a big slice of homegrown family truth in there. Kidman and Bateman will, of course, play the Fang parents.
The Family Fang is due to start shooting next year.
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