Most movies enjoy a luxurious post-production schedule, many allowing 6 months to a year between wrapping the shoot and releasing the film, but Jason Bateman’s new Netflix show ‘Ozark’ was subjected to a much more brutal schedule.
Bateman, who stars in every episode of the dark crime thriller, as well as directing 4 of the 10 episodes, says he had just four days to edit each instalment.
“The post-production [on ‘Ozark’] was challenging,” he explains to Yahoo Movies.
“Only because you don’t get as much time in television as you do when you’re directing a film. For a film – that’s 2 hours of content – and as a director, you get 10 weeks to edit that.”
“With 1 hour of television, you get 4 days.”
In ‘Ozark’ Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a money launderer for a Mexican cartel, that relocates his family from Chicago to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to pursue a new avenue of business in the “redneck riveria”.
The ‘Arrested Development’ star directed the first, and last, 2 episodes of the series, which is available to stream on Netflix now, a challenge he admits required a lot of discipline on set.
“You’ve got to make sure that you’ve shot only the things that you’re gonna use, so I had to adapt a bit to that. But it was all worth it because I got to have my arms around the whole thing and just be very specific about what I delivered to the audience.”
This is Bateman’s biggest directing gig to date, and his first real foray into serious drama. Having directed a number of TV episodes in the past (including the hilarious ‘Arrested Development’ episode ‘Afternoon Delight’), he’s also helmed two movies – ‘Bad Words’ and ‘The Family Fang’.
‘Ozark’ is much darker in tone and feels in many ways it feels like a natural successor to ‘Breaking Bad’, but Bateman hopes his new show will emerge from that ‘crime in the suburbs’ show’s shadow to become a hit in its own right.
“I hope we’re half as successful [as ‘Breaking Bad’]. There’s definitely a different feel and tone to the show, that’s something I spent a lot of time trying to dial in [on], because I felt that was important; to build a world where all the stuff would make sense and belong.”
‘Ozark’ is available to stream exclusively on Netflix now.