The Change-Up star has already directed episodes of Arrested Development and Family Matters, but said that helming a movie is his ultimate career goal.
Bateman told The AP: "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 not feeling lazy or lethargic or that I want to wind things down. 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."
Bateman went on to suggest that his busy acting schedule is the only obstacle standing in the way of his directorial debut.
"I'm a very, very lucky boy right now that I'm getting invites to participate in projects as an actor from some people that I respect and admire greatly, so it's tough to pick and choose and to block out the time to do the directing, although there's nothing I'd rather do," he said. "So don't be surprised if I disappear for 12 months and go off and direct something."
Bateman recently admitted that shooting The Change-Up proved to be a lot of work.
The Change-Up is now playing in the US and opens on September 16 in the UK.
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Watch the trailer for The Change-Up below (video contains strong language and adult humour):