As the critically acclaimed series Ozark returns for season two, stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney take readers behind the scenes of the popular Netflix crime drama. On the Atlanta set — where they were shot exclusively for emmy by photographer Nigel Parry — Bateman and Linney discuss their roles as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a seemingly ordinary couple drawn into a deadly money-laundering scheme controlled by a Mexican cartel. The latest issue of the Television Academy's award-winning emmy magazine explores the creative vision for the higher-intensity second season and hits newsstands May 8.
Despite earning two Emmy nominations for his work in Arrested Development, Bateman was not looking to return to series television. However, once he read creator Bill Dubuque's script, he knew he wanted to run the show and signed on as executive producer. He shares creative responsibilities with head writer Chris Mundy and is involved in shooting, casting and editing the series. Bateman reveals that he personally pursued Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Linney (Genius; Mr. Holmes) for the role of his wife.
Familiar with her pedigree Bateman knew Linney's involvement would help the production. On screen the chemistry between them amplifies the dramatic tension and brings humanity to the show. "I just followed an instinct," explains Linney. "The world of Ozark itself is interesting, but really I wanted to help Jason create something that was different for him."
In the emmy cover story "The Deep End," both Bateman and Mundy share their vision for the second season. "We wanted to make sure that despite these insane things happening and this crazy premise, at every point we were trying to ground it in reality," says Mundy. "We really thought about it as a story about a family in the middle of this."
"From a visual sense I thought it was important to create an environment, an atmosphere, a tone, a palette that felt kind of raw and authentic and a little frayed," Bateman explains. "Bad things could happen here."
The second season of Ozark is expected to be released on Netflix this summer.
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