Earlier today, I came across a post with the following words from Netflix:
“Breaking Bad + Fargo + Jason Bateman = Ozark.”
Needless to say, I was intrigued enough to click play. While news of the show has been circulating with a teaser, the full trailer is sure to bring in an even bigger audience. The Breaking Bad similarity will definitely help too. After all, Breaking Bad is one of the greatest shows of all time. The first season of Ozark will consist of ten episodes, each one hour.
Created by Bill Dubuque, Ozark tells the story of Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) who suddenly relocates from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. He has a bunch of debt to pay off to a Mexican drug lord. Laura Linney will play his wife, Wendy, and as you’ll see in the trailer, she is definitely in the immediate loop when it comes to the drug money. I like the energy of the trailer and hope that it’s not just a compilation of the most exciting moments to grab viewers. Hopefully that energy is consistent throughout the show.
Sounds similar enough to have the same kind of gripping drama that Breaking Bad had, but different enough to make it fresh. I think part of the reason Breaking Bad had such a big impact was the fantastic writing and the ability to leave you wanting more all the time. Hopefully, Ozark will follow that formula.
I like the idea of Bateman playing a serious character. While he has had serious roles in the past, I know him best for his comedic roles. This should be an interesting and perhaps even impressive performance to watch.
Ozark will be released on July 21st on Netflix. Take a look at the trailer below.
Christine Marie Attardo is a 28 year old writer, poet, and all around creative human. She loves all things nerdy and Gail Simone related. When she’s not writing, you can find her nose in a book or her face glued to her computer screen playing video games. Chat with her on Twitter @AWritersWay.