Operating on one hour of sleep and loads of caffeine, Jason Bateman journeyed to Comic-Con to introduce audiences tohis new film Extract, the latest deadpan, offbeat comedy from Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Office Space. Bateman, Judge, and co-star Mila Kunis were all on hand to show off three extendedscenes from the movie, which bows Sept. 4. Bateman plays a food-extract factory owner whose workplaceand marital frustrations spin into a ridiculous series of misadventures involving his wife (Kristin Wiig), a beautiful con artist (Kunis), and a drug-addled bartender buddy (Ben Affleck).
So is Extract (which follows thedebacle of Judge’s barely-released last film, Idiocracy) the naturalfollow-up to the cult classic Office Space—except this time from the perspective of the beleaguered boss instead of the put-upon white-collar drones? “Yes,” Judge said. “I worked in cubicles in San Diego, andOffice Space was born out of that. Then on Beavis and Butt-Head, I hadall these people working for me and I realized how hard it was tobabysit all of them. I started to feel sympathetic to my own boss.”