Plot details have not been revealed, though Bateman will direct from a script by playwright David Bar Katz, who is working on a new take after earlier drafts were penned by David Flebotte and
Bateman, the former child actor and
Released by Focus Features, Universal's specialty-films label, "Bad Words" garnered positive if not rave reviews but failed to connect with a broad audience, collecting less than $8 million at the box office.
Bateman is currently in pre-production on "The Family Fang," which he'll helm and star in opposite
Katz, meanwhile, is working on "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" for Fox Searchlight.