Netflix’s beloved crime drama “Ozark” now has three seasons under its belt, so how much longer can the series last? It’s a question Collider recently posed to series star and director Jason Bateman while discussing “Ozark” Season 3, which debuted March 27 to the best reviews of the series so far. The season ended in bloodshed as crime lord Navarro murdered lawyer Helen Pierce in front of Marty and Wendy Byrde Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, respectively. The show now heads into Season 4 with the Byrde family firmly under the grasp of a criminal empire. The only problem is that Netflix has yet to greenlight the next season of “Ozark,” hough based on the show’s popularity it’s most likely a no-brainer. Bateman said the cast and crew have every intention of continuing.
“There is not an official pickup for Season 4,” Bateman said to Collider. “We're all operating under the hope it will happen. It's Netflix's norm to wait for a show to premiere and collect the data for weeks two, three, and four and see if there's an audience there to justify an additional season. So, I guess we're in that period right now. But, I know [showrunner] Chris Mundy and his team are hard at work figuring out what that fourth season would be if that official pick-up lands.”
Bateman said he is clueless about the show’s longevity beyond a third season, hough he guesses the show is about midway through its run or just past the midpoint of its story. The actor said Mundy “never really got fully pregnant with the finish line. He kind of knew, I think, where he would like to eventually [end the show], but didn't have a specific runway mapped out.” Bateman said it’s long been presumed the show would run “three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that.” If that’s the case, “Ozark” has one or two seasons left to run. The cast joined the show knowing it was not a limited series of 10 episodes and that it would go longer than 20 episodes, but the exact season total remains to be locked in.
“If you keep going for a whole lot longer, you're going to go over the cliff, or up over the peak of the mountain and you end up jumping the shark,” Bateman said. “So, given the intelligence of Marty Byrde and Wendy Byrde, if they keep going at this pitch for much longer, they're either going to be killed or put in jail. The ernative is to flatten out that pitch so that you don't end up jumping the shark, but then you start stalling just for additional episodes and seasons. So, I'm not sure where and when it'll end, but given their intelligence, it doesn't feel like it's a 12-season show.”
The first three seasons of “Ozark” are now streaming on Netflix. Head over to Collider’s website to read Bateman’s interview in its entirety.
HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider turned out to be a ratings hit for the premium cable network. So, it’s a wise move that they engineered a wide open door for season two, with Holly Gibney’s fate left ambiguous and another possible El Cuco host in the mix. These wrinkles arrived courtesy of screenwriter Richard Price, who not only engineered a damn watchable take on a complex novel to adapt, but he also pointed the story beyond King’s original vision and chain of events.
Jason Bateman, who directed the first two episodes and sporadically appeared as accused murderer Terry Maitland, recently spoke with Collider and confirmed that HBO’s definitely considering a second swing at El Cuco. Furthermore, Price is exploring some steps to get the story running again. Finally, some good news:
“I know that they’re talking about it and Richard Price is playing with some ideas and taking some first steps as to what that second year might and feel like. Obviously, it’s a complete free-ball because the first season exhausted 100% of [Stephen King’s] book, the IP. So, it’s really all up to him. I never like to step on the lawn of the writers. It’s something that I’ve always stuck with on Ozark. I leave Chris Mundy completely alone and I do my job as a director once I get the script. I chime in every once in a while and offer my opinion, but it’s always for the writer to take if they want and discard if they want.”
Hell yeah, that sounds like a promising update, even if there’s no actual confirmation from HBO yet. I think it will happen! Even horror icon Robert Englund couldn’t stop raving about this show, and the ratings eclipsed that of Watchmen and True Detective, so the public demands it. Of course, the public also wants to make sure that a followup is just as good as the first round, but if Price is in charge of the story, it’s in solid hands.
We probably shouldn’t expect Bateman to be too involved, however. Following the stunning ending to Ozark‘s third season, he’ll surely be in the thick of starring in and directing a fourth season of the Netflix show soon. He told Collider that he’d have loved to direct more of The Outsider, but it’s just impossible to do it all on both shows. Clearly, his work on the HBO show made for one heck of a launch, and the rest of the team took it from there.
As for Price, he previously suggested to IndieWire that HBO was open to a sophomore run: “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.” Again, this sounds like they’re inching toward an announcement, eventually, although things are obviously on hold in many places with the world’s current situation. Fingers crossed.