According to Deadline, Emmy winner Jason Bateman has officially signed on to direct New Line Cinema’s upcoming thriller film titled Shut In. On top of helming the project, the Ozark actor will also be serving as a producer along Michael Costigan through their Aggregate Films banner.
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Shut In is being described as a in the same vein as Jodie Foster’s Panic Room. It will follow a single mother as she does everything she can to protect her two young children, who were left at risk, after they were held captive by his violent ex.
The film’s spec script is written by up and coming writer Melanie Toast. It will be produced by Farah Films’ Dan Farah, Vertigo’s Roy Lee, and Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier. The studio is planning to start the production on Shut In in the first quarter of 2020.
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Bateman has recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in Drama Series for his critically acclaimed Netflix drama series Ozark. This marks the third time Bateman will be taking charge behind the camera since directing his first two features with 2013’s black comedy Bad Words and 2015’s The Family, which he both also starred in. Shut In will be the first time Bateman won’t star in a film that he was also directing.