‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Ozark’ star Jason Bateman will take over as a director for the upcoming Netflix thriller ‘Dark Wire’ with Matthew Orton writing a screenplay. The movie will be produced by 21 Laps Entertainment and Aggregate.
The film is based on an upcoming book by ‘Wired’ and ‘Vice’ journalist Joseph Cox describing an incident when law enforcement set up a fake telecommunications company called Anom to catch criminals.
“Dark Wire covers the unbelievable true story of how the FBI launched a fake telecom company and became the number one phone service provider to the world’s most notorious gangs, culminating in the arrest of more than a thousand international criminals,” Netflix explained.
“Tracey Nyberg will be executive producer. Niija Kuykendall is creative lead on the project for Netflix, which has deals with both 21 Laps and Bateman’s Aggregate,” Deadline reports. They added that it, “will be produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Dan Levine for Stranger Things outfit 21 Laps, and by Bateman and Michael Costigan for Aggregate Films (Game Night).”
“I’m going on book leave to write DARK WIRE, how the FBI secretly ran a start tech up for criminals and then wiretapped the world. I won’t be covering news during this time,” Cox said on Twitter.
This is not Bateman’s first time in the director’s chair. He previously directed the 2013 comedy ‘Bad Words’ and the 2015 drama ‘The Family Fang.’ He also won an award Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020 and 2022 for directing episodes of ‘Ozark.’
21 Laps has previously worked with Netflix on ‘The Adam Project’ and with Aggregate for ‘Ozark’ plus the upcoming film ‘Your Place or Mine.’
Joseph Cox has previously written for several media outlets including WIRED Magazine, Times of Israel, The Jewish Press, War is Boring, RealClear Defense, RealClear Policy, Technocracy News, and Security Affairs.