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Jason Bateman To Direct And Star In 'IPO Man.'

By Emily Cutler | Industry | October 29, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | October 29, 2014 |

If there’s something about this movie that doesn’t at least sound good on paper, I haven’t been able to find it. Jason Bateman will direct and star in IPO Man:

Fox Searchlight has acquired Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share, a Wired magazine article by Joshua Davis that will be crafted into a starring and directing vehicle for Jason Bateman. He’ll play a man who found a novel commodity for a public offering: himself. It created a host of problems for the actual guy, Mike Merrill, when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether to have a vasectomy or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend (and minority shareholder).

Ordinarily a movie based on a magazine article would worry me/ piss me off. But 1.) the screenplay is being written by the guys behind Transparent, and 2.) a guy selling stocks in himself seems like there’s some story there. This isn’t Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Movie. (Stop it, Hollywood, you can’t make that movie.)

And the magazine article sounds less realistic than a lot of movies I’ve seen. Merrill showed an astounding dedication to the “stockholders” and their voting rights on his life:

The controls veered into his personal life and he lost his girlfriend, who felt like the loser in a takeover battle. Same majority shareholders then exerted input in his future attempts at a romantic merger (he was even set up with a guy at one point). He was still allowing his investors to call the shot when the article ended.

What? Why? How? I can’t wait for this.

Source: Deadline