Jason Bateman has made a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a new TV series, as well as produce and direct projects, according to Variety.
The one-year deal comes as Bateman continues to experience a post-Arrested Development career resurgence. Twentieth tapped Bateman to direct the pilot for Do Not Disturb, which scored a fall series berth on Fox. He's also providing one of the lead voices on the Fox animated skein Sit Down, Shut Up, which 20th is co-producing with Sony Pictures TV. (The fate of that show is unclear, however, as scribes have been told Sit Down, Shut Up won't be a WGA show.)
Under the deal, Bateman will give 20th first crack at anything Bateman develops with his F+A Prod. label. Bateman said he's already kicking around several ideas and plans to meet with writers in the coming weeks.