Actor and now filmmaker Jason Bateman is all set to take the helm on a new thriller from New Line titled ‘Shut In’.

The plot outline is that of an edgy thriller in the vein of ‘Panic Room’, in which a single mother is held captive by her violent ex, with her two young children left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive. It is believed that Bateman won’t star in the movie.

The story is from first-time scribe Melanie Toast. Bateman and Michael Costigan will board as producers, alongside Farah Films’ Dan Farah, Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier.

Exec producing are Cinestate’s Amanda Presmyk and Danielle Cox, Farah Films’ Andrew Farah and Vertigo’s Miri Yoon. Richard Brener, Daria Cercek and Josh Mack will oversee for New Line.

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Bateman recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for his drama series ‘Ozark’ proving his muscle behind the camera as well as in front of it. He was also developing an adaptation of the game ‘Clue’ with Ryan Reynolds for Fox/Disney. Although the project is still on the cards, Bateman has had to step away for the project due to time constraints. Taking on ‘Shut In’ fits into his hectic schedule quite nicely.

Bateman’s previous time in the director’s chair was in ‘The Family Fang and ‘Bad Words’ as well as ‘Ozark’. He will also direct a number of episodes for the 2020 TV series ‘The Outsider’ which he will also star in.