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Jason Bateman Extends First-Look Deal at Universal

Universal Pictures has extended Jason Bateman’s first-look producing deal through his Aggregate company through the end of 2017.

Bateman signed the initial deal in 2012. Aggregate and Bluegrass Films produced Melissa McCarthy’s “Identity Thief,” which grossed $139 million for Universal. Aggregate also produced Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words.”

Aggregate is also producing Fox Searchlight’s “IPO Man” and an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal from a script by David Bar Katz. Aggregate is one of more than 20 first-look deals at Universal, including pacts with Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Vin Diesel, Chris Meledandri and Elizabeth Banks.

The company has also hired Aaron Schmidt as an executive. He had been a vice president at Kevin McCormick’s Warner Bros.-based Langley Park.

Bateman directed and stars in “The Family Fang” along with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. The drama, in which a brother and sister return to their family home after their world famous parents disappear, has been selected to screen at the Toronto Film Festival.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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