Jason Bateman in Talks to Act, Spell, and Make His Directorial Debut


Jason Bateman is in talks to direct and star in the indie comedy Bad Words, a film about a Jason Bateman-aged fellow who enters into a children’s spelling bee and befriends a young Indian contestant and a female reporter. This would be Bateman’s first film in the director’s chair. He did, however, direct the “Afternoon Delight” episode of Arrested Development and the episode of Family Matters in which Steve invents a fat compressing machine to help his Aunt Oona impress a hunky reverend. This would also likely be Bateman’s first spelling bee, considering as a child actor he probably missed out on all common human kid things.