Jason Bateman talks HANCOCK 2, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Reveals What He Got as Wrap Gift on PAUL

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Less than a month ago I spoke with Jason Bateman and managed to get updates on “Hancock 2″ and “Arrested Development”. At the time, nothing had been officially announced regarding a “Hancock” sequel, and Jason didn’t think the story had any substance. But in the past month, Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara have been hired to write the screenplay, and Variety reported “Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are gearing up to reunite for the sequel to Columbia Pictures’ “Hancock,” with Peter Berg set to helm the action-comedy.”

But earlier today when I covered the “Couples Retreat” international press day for our partners at Omelete, Jason told me, “I don’t know where that writer gets their information from as I haven’t been contacted, nor have my representatives.”

More after the jump…including another update on “Arrested Development” and Jason reveals what he got as a wrap gift on the upcoming Pegg/Frost/Mottola film “Paul”.

The first thing you should do is watch this video. It’s part of my interview with Jason Bateman and “Couples Retreat” co-star Kristen Bell. In this video, Jason addresses the “Hancock 2″ story. Then, further down the page, you can read Jason’s latest comments about the “Arrested Development” movie plus he reveals what he got as a wrap gift “Paul” movie. Trust me: It’s an AWESOME gift.

I was told by Mr. Simon Pegg to ask you what was your gift at the end of the Paul shoot?

jason_bateman_03.jpgJason Bateman: (laughing) He and Nick and Joe Lo Truglio and Bill Hader and Kristen (Wiig) and the director, Greg Mottola, gave me the Japanese one-sheet from “Teen Wolf 2″. Which was pretty fantastic. And they all signed it with really clunky, semi-funny wolf puns like, “it’s been a howl working with you” or crap like that. It’s very, very funny and beautifully framed and very tasteful – which was sort of hilarious too. But the real joke was me trying to get it home. I don’t know how you check something like that. I couldn’t carry it on. So it cost me a lot to ship it back, but I’ll bill them for that.

Did you put it up in your place?

No. You can probably bid on it on eBay right now. I don’t know where I’m going to put it. I told them immediately as I saw it, “my wife’s never going to let me put that up in the house.” So we’re going to have to wait till we can afford a house with a room where fun stuff goes. It was pretty cool of them though, they’re a nice group.

What’s up with “Arrested Development”?

It’s still being written and my guess would be we’ll do it sometime next year. My fingers are crossed.

So what’s your expectations?

I would assume it’s not going to be anything more than a long episode. I don’t think there’s any need to go further than that. I think it might be wrong to. Hopefully, people will be willing to pay money to see what will amount to be three or four new episodes all stuck together as one long one. I don’t know. Hopefully interest has not waned cause selfishly we all want to get back together and do it again. So hopefully there will be enough people to see it to break even.

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  • Joel

    I’ll pay enough times so the AD movie breaks even, just so it gets made!!

  • Joel

    I’ll pay enough times so the AD movie breaks even, just so it gets made!!

  • debo

    yes the public will still see the movie. We have been begging for the last 3 years….what else do you want us to do to prove it Bateman? COME ON!!

  • debo

    yes the public will still see the movie. We have been begging for the last 3 years….what else do you want us to do to prove it Bateman? COME ON!!

  • Eliza

    Love the Bateman. He was the only decent thing in Hancock, so of course they want him back. That actually looks like him trying to get out of it. And yes, that is an awesome gift.

  • Eliza

    Love the Bateman. He was the only decent thing in Hancock, so of course they want him back. That actually looks like him trying to get out of it. And yes, that is an awesome gift.

  • Droncz92

    David Cross was on the Kevin and Bean show (in L.A.) last week and he said little to nothing regarding the Arrested Development movie has been done yet.

  • Droncz92

    David Cross was on the Kevin and Bean show (in L.A.) last week and he said little to nothing regarding the Arrested Development movie has been done yet.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    shut up about Arrested Development. They are all tired of answering questions about it. Didn’t you ask him the same questions a few weeks ago when you interviewed him last time? Do you see that look on Bateman’s face at the very beginning of the interview (right after that bullshit commercial for a show I will never watch because you made me watch a commercial to get to your 10 second bullshit interview)? That is the look of a guy who doesn’t want to talk to you. That is the same look Vince Vaugn gave you when you started hassling him about Old School 2. Another thing – very important – never stop wearing that hat. That hat defines you dude…it says, I never got over the way kids teased me when I started losing my hair in high school, so now I wear this ridiculous black baseball cap on backwards so the whole world knows how childlike and self conscious I am. Every time a movie star sees you coming, they think, “oh christ, it’s that sad baldy with the black baseball cap…wtf? is fame really worth having to talk to this guy every couple of months? why can’t he just own his baldness like bruce willis or michael stipe? can’t he see that women wouldn’t have found him attractive even if he had been able to grow his own hair?” that is what they are thinking.

    • Keola

      “oh christ, it’s that sad baldy with the black baseball cap…wtf? is fame really worth having to talk to this guy every couple of months? why can’t he just own his baldness like bruce willis or michael stipe? can’t he see that women wouldn’t have found him attractive even if he had been able to grow his own hair?”

      And you you know they are thinking this because you can read minds? and if you don’t like the way he does interviews why are you commenting on them?

      • cant_stop_yawning

        no, sadly I can’t read minds, however can start fires with my mind. And fly. I am also friends with most of the famous people in the world and they call and write me on a regular basis to share their thoughts and musings. Sometimes they call to complain. I for one can’t stand it when celebrities are unhappy; it’s like, what is the point of going on if celebrities are unhappy? So when Vince and Jason wrote me to complain that this bald guy in a black baseball hat had been basically stalking them, I felt obliged to do something.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    shut up about Arrested Development. They are all tired of answering questions about it. Didn’t you ask him the same questions a few weeks ago when you interviewed him last time? Do you see that look on Bateman’s face at the very beginning of the interview (right after that bullshit commercial for a show I will never watch because you made me watch a commercial to get to your 10 second bullshit interview)? That is the look of a guy who doesn’t want to talk to you. That is the same look Vince Vaugn gave you when you started hassling him about Old School 2. Another thing – very important – never stop wearing that hat. That hat defines you dude…it says, I never got over the way kids teased me when I started losing my hair in high school, so now I wear this ridiculous black baseball cap on backwards so the whole world knows how childlike and self conscious I am. Every time a movie star sees you coming, they think, “oh christ, it’s that sad baldy with the black baseball cap…wtf? is fame really worth having to talk to this guy every couple of months? why can’t he just own his baldness like bruce willis or michael stipe? can’t he see that women wouldn’t have found him attractive even if he had been able to grow his own hair?” that is what they are thinking.

    • Keola

      “oh christ, it’s that sad baldy with the black baseball cap…wtf? is fame really worth having to talk to this guy every couple of months? why can’t he just own his baldness like bruce willis or michael stipe? can’t he see that women wouldn’t have found him attractive even if he had been able to grow his own hair?”

      And you you know they are thinking this because you can read minds? and if you don’t like the way he does interviews why are you commenting on them?

      • cant_stop_yawning

        no, sadly I can’t read minds, however can start fires with my mind. And fly. I am also friends with most of the famous people in the world and they call and write me on a regular basis to share their thoughts and musings. Sometimes they call to complain. I for one can’t stand it when celebrities are unhappy; it’s like, what is the point of going on if celebrities are unhappy? So when Vince and Jason wrote me to complain that this bald guy in a black baseball hat had been basically stalking them, I felt obliged to do something.

  • Bizness ASusual

    he better be in hancock 2 unless they place the movie back in the roman times like theron’s character described during the hospital scene. but i thought bateman did a great job in the movie. he had me laughing in a lot of scenes.

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