Jason Bateman is a journeyman, having tasted success in the 1980's as a regular on 'Valerie's Family,' and star of the misconceived  'Teen Wolf Too,' only to reinvent himself in the 21st century as one of the premiere straight men on 'Arrested Development' and in movies like 'Horrible Bosses.' And now he's looking to direct.

The actor is in talks to helm and play the lead in 'Bad Words' according to Variety, and here's the synopsis they provided:

a bitter thirty-something (Bateman) uses a loophole in the system to enter a national spelling bee tournament for children. Along the way, he befriends a female reporter and a young Indian contestant who he exposes to the wilder side of life.

Currently it's looking like an independent production, so there's no word if - when the film gets made - the film will hit theaters or become another in a long line of films to go straight to Video on Demand.

For those worried this could interfere with his upcoming work on 'Arrested Development,' worry no more as Ron Howard recently tweeted a picture of the writer's room for the next batch of the show, and a picture of himself with Bateman and 'Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz, as shown below.

Arrested Development