Jason Bateman to Direct THE FAMILY FANG Starring Nicole Kidman

     November 1, 2013


Jason Bateman recently made his directorial debut with Bad Words earlier this year, and has wasted no time in returning to the helm.  He’s now set to direct The Family Fang, an adaptation of the 2011 Kevin Wilson novel scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire that stars Nicole Kidman.  The story centers on the children of performance artist parents who rope their kids into participating in all manner of bizarre activities.  When the grown children return home to deal with a family crisis, they’re once again forced to take part in their parents’ final performance.  Hit the jump for more.

News on Bateman helming The Family Fang comes courtesy of Deadline.  Bateman is currently filming Shawn Levy’s family comedy, This Is Where I Leave You, also starring Rose Byrne, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Timothy Olyphant and Connie Britton.  Bateman then has the Sean Anders-directed sequel, Horrible Bosses 2, which will reunite him with Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, while Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz join as the new antagonists.  The sequel is set for November 28, 2014.

the-family-fang-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for The Family Fang:

For outré performance artists, Caleb and Camille Fang, everything in life is secondary to art, including their children. Annie and Buster (popularly known as Child A. and Child B.) are the unwilling stars of their parents’ chaotically subversive work. Art is truly a family affair for the Fangs. Years later, their lives in disarray, Annie and Buster reluctantly return home in search of sanctuary—only to be caught up in one last performance. The Family Fang sparkles with Kevin Wilson’s inventive dialogue and wonderfully rendered set-pieces that capture the surreal charm of the Fang’s most notable work. With this brilliant novel, the family Fang is destined to join the families Tenenbaum and Bluth as paragons of high dysfunction. [Amazon]

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  • JZ

    Nicole is the kiss of death at the box office. Always baffles me why she’s so in demand still.

  • The Flobbit

    Why is like every actor directing a movie now: Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johannsson, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Joel Edgerton, Zach Braff, Keanu Reeves, and more?

    • Guest

      Because they can? The parented often seek to become parents one day, too.

    • Heath

      Established names in the industry attract attention. Attention equals buzz. Buzz equals $$$.

      • The Flobbit

        They make far more money acting in movies than directing them. Directing is a painstaking, difficult, time consuming,often unrewarding, and risky venture. Directors have to put up a lot of their own money, and it is a VERY hard job. Look at Peter Jackson: before Hobbit: black hair, after Hobbit: silver hair.

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  • poppincherry

    Kidman in this role sounds like bullshit. Miscast heaven IMHO.