Netflix has decided to renew its drama series Ozark for a second season, Deadline has reported. Ozark premiered on the streaming platform earlier this summer in July. The drama met mostly positive reviews, with many critics drawing parallels between Ozark and Breaking Bad, particularly with Bateman’s impressive performance. Bateman, like Bryan Cranston before he took on Breaking Bad, is mostly a comedic actor. With Ozark, he proved he could take on the criminal antihero role in stride.
Ozark was created and executive produced by Bill Dubuque (The Judge, The Accountant) and Mark Williams (The Accountant, Flawless) and starred Bateman as Marty, a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel. The series followed Marty and wife Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) as they uproot their family from the Chicago suburbs to the Missouri Ozarks so Marty can escape embezzlement charges.
In light of the news of his series’ renewal, Jason Bateman teased what fans can expect from a second season. “Now that Del is gone, the assumption is that another lieutenant would come into town to oversee this larger portion of money that I’m charged to wash,” Bateman said.
“The riverboat casino would be able to handle that and then some. And probably that means that Marty’s obstacles are going to take the shape of unions and perhaps some St. Louis or Kansas City mob, which is actually pretty formidable.” Bateman went on to explain that the show will become increasingly involved with “white collar” type of crime as the story goes on.
Bateman also stars on the acclaimed comedy series Arrested Development, which Netflix has recently picked up for a new season and has begun filming this month. All episodes of Ozark are streaming on Netflix.