STATE OF PLAY
In 2004, actor, producer and director JASON
BATEMAN (Dominic Foy)
was honored with a Golden
Globe Award for Best Actor
in a Comedy Series, and
earned an Emmy Award
nomination and two Screen
Actors Guild (SAG) Award
nominations for his irreverent
portrayal of Michael Bluth on
the Mitchell Hurwitz-created,
multi-award-winning comedy series Arrested Development.
Since then, Bateman has attained leading-man
status on the big screen while returning to his
roots in television by continuing to produce, write and
develop projects for the small screen. One can easily
surmise, by the prestigious array of studios, directors
and producers that are hiring Bateman, that he is a
While Bateman's starring role in the Emmy Award-winning
FOX comedy series Arrested Development
brought a newfound appreciation from the public, it
also caught the attention of the motion picture
industry and reinvigorated interest in Bateman. Since
the show ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one
major film role after the next.
Bateman recently wrapped production on the
Universal Pictures comedy Couples Retreat, in which he
stars alongside Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Kristen
Bell, and which is slated for release on October 9, 2009.
He also filmed the Miramax Films feature Extract,
directed by Mike Judge, which Bateman headlines and
produced through his F+A Productions banner. Extract
co-stars Mila Kunis and is slated for release in fall of
2009. Bateman will be seen in the Ricky Gervais-penned
and -directed comedy This Side of the Truth, due
in theaters late 2009 or early 2010.
Currently, Bateman is filming Up in the Air, starring
George Clooney, for Paramount Pictures with
director Jason Reitman. Soon thereafter, he will begin
production with Jennifer Aniston on the Mandate
Pictures romantic comedy The Baster, in which he
plays the lead role. The film is set to shoot in New
York in March 2009.
Bateman is also producing and starring in a film
for Universal, which is based on an original idea of
his, called The Remarkable Fellows, and which Joe
Carnahan is writing and directing. Bateman reteams
with Carnahan after working with him on Universal
Pictures' Smokin'Aces, in 2006. The film is an action-comedy
about two elite revenge specialists, who are
hired by the most powerful and wealthy people all
over the world to exact revenge on those who have
wronged them. The film will begin production in late
summer or fall 2009.
On the small screen, Bateman's company F+A
Productions secured a first-look production deal to
develop, direct and write original content for 20th
Century Fox Television. The deal came to fruition
after Bateman directed for the network the comedy
pilot Do Not Disturb, which premiered in the 2008
fall lineup. Bateman also reteamed with Arrested
Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a
character in the FOX animated comedy series Sit
Down, Shut Up, which premieres April 19, 2009. This
summer, Bateman will direct and produce the pilot
for FX Network's The Merger.
Last year, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg
action film Hancock, alongside Will Smith and
Charlize Theron, which had one of the biggest worldwide
box-office openings in 2008. Hancock arrived
on the heels of one of the biggest success stories in
independent filmmaking, Fox Searchlight's gem
Juno, in which Bateman had a pivotal role as the
potential, yet uncertain, adoptive father to Juno's
unborn child. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film
was nominated for Best Picture by most major film
critics' groups as well as by the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association and Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Bateman co-starred
opposite Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer
Garner in the Universal Pictures drama The Kingdom,
an action-thriller set in Saudi Arabia that was also
directed by Berg.
Prior to The Kingdom, Bateman starred opposite
Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in the 20th
Century Fox/Mandate Pictures family-fantasy film
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, for ingĂ©nue
director and writer Zach Helm.
Bateman's other recent films include the comedy
The Ex, in which he starred with Zach Braff and
Amanda Peet, and a supporting role in The Break-Up,
with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Prior to
those, he portrayed a loose-lipped sports commentator
in 20th Century Fox's comedy Dodgeball: A True
Underdog Story, which starred Vince Vaughn and
Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner
Bros. film Starsky & Hutch, opposite Ben Stiller,
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In 2002, he starred
with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma
Blair in the romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing.
Dating back to his adolescent and teenage years,
Bateman's portrayal of the charming schemer Derek
Taylor in Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create the
spin-off It's Your Move, in which Bateman starred.
He then starred with Valerie Harper in her serial
series Valerie, Valerie's Family and The Hogan
Family from 1986 through 1991 and, prior to that,
was a series regular on the iconic television series
that has become an American treasure, Little House
on the Prairie.
Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his
wife, Amanda Anka, and their daughter, Francesca.
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