Now that Ozark has wrapped its four-season run on Netflix, Jason Bateman is figuring out what he wants to direct next. He has multiple projects in development including Here Comes the Flood and Dark Wire, both of which are for Netflix, but earlier this week he added another possibility to the list — The Pinkerton.
Written on spec by Daniel Casey (F9), The Pinkerton is a revenge-fueled supernatural western that Warner Bros. and J.J. Abrams‘ company Bad Robot acquired two years ago. At the time, it was the first new project Bad Robot began developing with Warners after signing a massive deal with the studio. Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Hannah Minghella will produce alongside Bateman and his partner Michael Costigan.
Established in the U.S. in 1850 by a Scottish gentleman by the name of Allan Pinkerton, the Pinkertons served as both a private security company and a detective agency, and they gained notoriety when Pinkerton himself claimed to have foiled a plot to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln, who later hired Pinkerton agents to protect him during the Civil War.
Bateman made his directing debut with the foul-mouthed comedy Bad Words before following that up with The Family Fang, though he has since moved on to bigger and better things behind the camera, having won an Emmy for his work as a director on Ozark, not to mention the various acting awards he won for his turn on the same show.
Bateman is represented by CAA and Lighthouse, and Deadline broke the news of his newfound involvement with The Pinkerton.