Variety is reporting that Rachel and Jason Bateman will star in “Game Night“. THR is reporting Rachel is “in negotiations to star opposite Jason Bateman”, while EW also confirms the news by reporting that Rachel and Bateman will “headline the New Line comedy”. Rachel previously worked with Bateman on “State Of Play“. Daley confirmed the news on his official twitter account by writing, “very excited to announce this!”
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams will star in the New Line Comedy “Game Night.”
“Vacation’s” directing duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will helm the movie with Bateman producing alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.
“Game Night,” which has been in development at New Line since 2013 when Mark Perez wrote the original script, follows several couples who gather for their regularly-planned game night when something goes terribly wrong.
Although Bateman has only recently formally signed on to star, Aggregate has been producing this project since the pitch stage and brought on Goldstein & Daley. They were also instrumental in getting Rachel McAdams on board.
The film marks McAdams’ first true comedy since the 2005 smash hit “Wedding Crashers.” McAdams made her comic book debut in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” late last year following her Oscar-nominated turn in Open Road’s “Spotlight.” Her period drama “Disobedience,” in which she stars opposite Rachel Weisz, is currently in development.
Besides “Vacation”, Goldstein and Daley also recently wrote the script to Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which opens this July.
McAdams is represented by Magnolia Entertainment, WME, and attorney Tom Hoberman. Bateman is repped by CAA, Lighthouse Management, and Hoberman.
Deadline previously reported that Bateman became attached to the movie early 2013. Back then “Game Night” was described as an “ensemble comedy”. You can find their original plot description below, but be aware of possible spoilers:
The plan is for Bateman to star in an ensemble comedy about a group of couples caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games together but on this night, things get real and it becomes a murder mystery.