Bateman to make directorial debut

Jason Bateman is in talks to head behind the cameras for indie comedy Bad Words.

The Horrible Bosses actor is "in negotiations" to direct the spelling bee comedy, which has been written by Andrew Dodge, reported Variety.

The 43-year-old could also star as a bitter 30-something man who dodges a loophole in the rules to enter a national spelling competition for children, and the film follows the relationships he forms with a female reporter and a young Indian contestant.

It would be the first time Jason has directed a feature film, following episodes of TV shows Arrested Development and Family Matters.

The dad-of-two - last seen in body-swap comedy The Change-Up opposite Ryan Reynolds - has been filming comedy Identity Thief with Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, and is set to start shooting new episodes of Arrested Development with co-stars Michael Cera and Will Arnett.

Jason has previously revealed his desire to direct, saying: "Directing is the job I would most like to do because it would allow me to exercise all the things that I've learned all these years. It's just ultimately much, much more challenging and I'm at a place in my life where I'm just very eager to challenge myself more."

He continued: "I'm more ambitious than I've ever been and feel more excited to contribute creatively than I ever have. Directing is definitely the position you want to fill on the set if you want to contribute fully."