Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman will attempt daring acts in "The Family Fang," which finds the stars portraying performance artists who attempt to conquer the ultimate final feat.
Bateman has just signed on to direct the feature as well, Deadline.com reports. "Fang" is based on a 2011 novel by Kevin Wilson that was praised upon its release. Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote "Rabbit Hole," will pen the script.
Kidman and Bateman play parents who've always forced their performance art onto their children. When the clan convenes to handle a crisis, the couple recruits their offspring to attempt one final, mysterious act. What then pours out of the children is the resentment they feel at having been subjected to their parents' passion projects and the way it's affected their lives.
Wilson's novel was hailed as "incredibly fun" (Time) and "memorable" (The New York Times), and the movie could have the potential to become a zany comedy hit, particularly if the roles of the children are well cast.
"Fang" is set to enter production next year. It will mark Bateman's second opportunity in the director's chair following this year's "Bad Words," a comedy co-starring Allison Janney and Rachel Harris that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.