Ozark’ Season 4 To Film in November; Will Jason Bateman Direct?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jason Bateman

Ozark followers lastly have extra readability relating to season 4. Cast and crews are supposed to start out filming earlier than the top of 2020, however will Jason Bateman direct any episodes for Ozark‘s remaining season?

Jason Bateman

Many followers thought there could be no less than 5 seasons of ‘Ozark’ 

In an interview with Collider earlier this 12 months, Bateman defined how showrunner Chris Mundy knew the place he needed Ozark to finish — he simply didn’t have a street map of methods to get there. 

Bateman additionally expressed figuring out that the collection would occur in as many as 5 seasons. This lead many followers to consider there could be two extra seasons of the Netflix collection to sit up for. 

“There’s been this sort of character arc that [Mundy] has been incredible at staying on,” Bateman defined. “I think there’s always been the presumed area [of] three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that.” 

Now, it appears plans for Ozark have modified.

‘Ozark’ will return for a remaining 2-part season

Ozark will conclude after season 4. What’s extra, Bateman has introduced when taking pictures will start for the ultimate season. 

“We’re going to start November 9,” Bateman informed IndieWire. 

The remaining season of Ozark might be filmed amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bateman assured IndieWire that the forged and crew might be taking each precaution to maintain everybody protected. 

“Everything is moving well toward that, and we’re very confident in the guidelines and protocols we’re going to be following,” he mentioned. Showrunners are working with consultants and paying shut consideration to the way in which different productions are dealing with shoots throughout these unprecedented occasions. 

“The well being and security of our Ozark household is our first precedence,” MRC —Ozark‘s manufacturing firm — mentioned in a press release.

Our group has approached [the] return to manufacturing with a mandate of exceeding tips outlined by the CDC, authorities officers and others.

We count on our protocols to evolve as we study from the trade and our personal productions. As we goal towards a return, we’re working with the unions, well being officers, our consultants, and Netflix on our COVID security tips and protocols.

Upon approvals from our companions and the implementation of security required on this new atmosphere, we’re concentrating on a November begin date.

Season Four of Ozark might be a complete of 14 episodes. Netflix will launch the season in two, seven-episode elements. 

Jason Bateman gained’t direct the primary two episodes of the ultimate season 

To maintain from getting sick, Bateman has handed off the duty of directing the primary two episodes of season 4. 

Bateman has all the time been captivated with working behind the digital camera, however this 12 months, issues are a bit totally different.

“As normal, I was going to do the first two episodes, but as we were looking through the protocols, the guidelines, [and] all the complications with COVID, the producer side of me made me think it’s just not responsible to have one of the actors direct the first two, given that we’re still going to be getting our perimeter safe,” Bateman defined.

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He continued:

If one of many actors will get sick, all of us must go residence for weeks. If one of many crew members will get sick — whereas I’m ensuring their wage is protected whereas they’re in quarantine — we will rent a substitute. So it simply didn’t appear sensible for me to [direct] the primary two [episodes].

At this time, Bateman might not be directing any episodes within the fourth season of Ozark. By limiting his tasks to appearing, Bateman hopes to reduce the danger of getting the whole manufacturing shut down. 

“It’s breaking my heart [not to direct],” Bateman — who gained an Emmy in 2019 for his work — added. “I like directing [Ozark], however it simply didn’t make any sense to start out out the season like that.” 

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