After not even a month of its release, Netflix have already announced that crime drama thriller Ozark has been renewed for a ten-episode second season. The renewal means a return for lead Jason Bateman, who also serves as executive producer and co-director.
The news was, as has become tradition, shared on Netflix’s Twitter via a mysterious clip that reveals nothing of the upcoming season.
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 15, 2017
For those yet to immerse in Ozark, the show follows financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde’s (Laura Linney) family who are suddenly relocated from the suburbs to the Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong. With debts to pay and the family in danger, the show explores themes of “capitalism, family dynamics and survival“.
Season one consisted of 10 episodes, made up of nine one-hour installments with an eighty minute finale. Jason Bateman served as lead, executive producer and director for the first two and last two episodes of the season. Chris Mundy wrote for the series, while Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams are credited with its creation. Each also executive produce the series.
The show received mixed, but mostly positive, reviews when it premiered last month, but the renewal is certainly a sign that Ozark was of considerable success. After all, it seems Netflix has few qualms with cancelling series as of late. GLOW was most recently also gifted with a season 2 renewal, alongside 13 Reasons Why and Dear White People, with Girlboss and Gypsy among 2017’s casualties.
Whilst a release date for Season 2 has not yet been revealed, it will likely occur around the same time next year. In the meantime, we’ve also got the return of Arrested Development to look forward to, with Bateman spearing Season 5 as the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.