This could be good, although it’s interesting to see Fox Searchlight apparently mining material that would have been a mid-budget studio movie ten years ago. Jason Bateman (who recently made his directorial debut with Bad Words) will direct and star in IPO Man, which is based on the Wired Magazine article Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share. That article is based off of a real life situation in which a guy named Mike Merrill offered up himself in 100,000 $1 shares, sold 938 of them, and declined to grant the shares of himself that he actually owned any kind of voting power. The result? Well the experiment is apparently still underway but he did lose his girlfriend in the ensuing chaos.
The movie will be written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster. No word on if this is tonally another Yes Man or if it skews a bit darker. Hit the jump for more on Jason Bateman in IPO Man.