Jason Bateman to Star in Indie Films THE LONGEST WEEK and DISCONNECT

     September 20, 2011

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Rounding out a busy year of studio films (Paul, The Change-Up, Horrible Bosses), Jason Bateman will film two indies back to back this fall.  First up will be writer/director Peter Glanz’s The Longest Week, in which Bateman will star as a mooching Manhattanite living off of his wealthy parents in their high-class hotel. The Longest Week derives its title from the length of time it takes for his character to get kicked out of the hotel, be cut-off from his inheritance and fall in love. (Sounds similar to this year’s Arthur remake…) The film also stars Olivia Wilde (The Change-Up) and will be produced by Stone Douglass, Taylor Materne and Neda Armian through Far Hills Pictures.

Bateman’s second Indie of the fall will be the ensemble piece, Disconnect. The script, penned by Andrew Stern, centers around a group of characters who are at odds with all manner of modern communication and seek to make real human connections in our digital world. Directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), Disconnect also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist and Colin Ford, who plays Bateman’s son. Mickey Liddell, William Horberg and Jennifer Hilton will produce. Hit the jump to see what’s next for Bateman after he wraps on the Indies.

jason_batemanWhile Bateman’s inclusion in the Arrested Development reunion will surely raise questions about the status of the movie, here’s what we know for sure. Bateman’s next project after wrapping the Indie films will be the comedy The ID Theft, co-starring Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids). The original comedy penned by The Pursuit of Happyness scribe Steve Conrad is currently being rewritten by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). The premise should be obvious from the title and, given the comedic chops of Bateman and McCarthy, could be one of the year’s funniest.

Another comedy with an equally accessible title, The Insane Laws will bring Bateman and Vince Vaughn together as two best friends whose children begin dating each other. The directorial debut for screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) will further push Bateman and Vaughn’s comedic tension when Vaughn’s character’s daughter becomes pregnant. 2012 looks to be another good year for Bateman and Collider will keep you updated on any Arrested Development…developments.

via Variety

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