Netflix has renewed the original series Ozark for Season 2, with 10 new episodes. No production schedule was given for Ozark Season 2, which will bring back stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as the Byrde family. While no premiere date has been announced yet, it seems likely that the new season will debut sometime in the summer of 2018.
This renewal won't affect Jason Bateman's other Netflix series, Arrested Development, since production is beginning this week on the long-awaited fifth season. It's possible that Jason Bateman could move directly from shooting Arrested Development to Ozark Season 2, although the streaming service hasn't issued a premiere date for either series return, it's tough to determine when Ozark may resume production.
Grounded in dark reality, this money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family's sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, the Netflix series Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. After the Byrde's must relocate after Marty's partner is caught laundering money for a drug kingpin, this family faces a whole new set of challenges.
Upon moving to The Ozarks, Marty bumps heads with both a local drug dealer whose business he inadvertently interrupts, and a clan of ruffians, led by their 19-year-old niece, who want his money, all the while avoiding the eye of a tenacious FBI agent. He must complete his laundering, to save the life of his family, as they struggle to find their own path in this seemingly foreign way of life. The Netflix original series has been receiving rave reviews since premiering on Netflix July 21.
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney lead a cast that also includes Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jordana Spiro, Jason Butler Harner, Esai Morales, Peter Mullan and Lisa Emery. Directed by Jason Bateman, Daniel Sackheim, Ellen Kuras and Andrew Bernstein. The series is produced by Patrick Markey and executive produced by Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. The series is produced by Bateman's Aggregate Films in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix, and was created by Dubuque and Williams.
Media Rights Capital also produces the hit Netflix series House of Cards, which debuted its fifth season back in late May. The Netflix streaming service came under fire earlier this summer after the surprising cancellations of Sense8 and The Get Down, but Netflix later gave Sense8 a two-hour final episode to close out the series, after fans demanded closure. As for Ozark, it's possible that Netflix and Media Rights Capital could have another long-running hit like House of Cards, but that all depends on how fans react to the second season.