Although Jason Bateman is best known for starring in Arrested Development, Ozark, and The Outsider, he’s increasingly in demand as director. Now, Bateman is going to direct an unusual superhero story.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights for Gus Krieger’s recently released Audible novel, Superworld. Bateman will direct the film adaptation, and reunite with screenwriter Mark Perez (Game Night) on the project.
The novel takes place in a near future where everyone has a superhuman power. However, a man named Ignatius Lohman is seemingly the lone exception. Regardless, Ignatius soon finds himself in the crosshairs of a villain who can neutralize the powers of any superhuman. So far, there’s no indication that Bateman is considering a role in the movie.
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Bateman’s career as a director goes back over three decades to his stint on Valerie.Bateman’s talent behind the camera was recently recognized with an Emmy Award for helming an episode of Ozark. Bateman and Perez are also reuniting for an upcoming Netflix original film, which will feature John Cena in the lead. Additionally, Netflix is negotiating with Bateman to helm the heist movie, Here Comes the Flood.
What do you think about the premise of Superworld? And should Bateman star in the film as well as direct? Let us know in the comment section below!
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