'Arrested Development' Movie Coming, But After Another TV Season
It seems like every other month, one of the cast members from the sadly canceled but brilliant comedy series Arrested Development has some kind of vague, uncertain, but hopeful update about the status of a long-gestating big screen version of the series heading to the big screen. Everyone from Jason Bateman to Jeffrey Tambor have been asked about movie's development, but with no solid details on when it might be coming. Well, now we have a bit of official hope for the return of the Bluth family as series creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed the series will return for another season that will lead into the forthcoming film.
A tweet from The New Yorker first revealed the news (from their own festival in New York) after Hurwitz made the announcement during a cast reunions. Since then, EW has confirmed the story and learned even more about the future of Arrested Development. A new season will be crafted of about nine or ten episodes, with each one focusing on a member of the Bluth family (Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia DeRossi, David Cross, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat) to update audiences on what they've been up to in the five years since the show's cancellation in 2006. Series executive producer, narrator and filmmaker Ron Howard explains:
“In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So, in working on the screenplay I found that even if I just gave five minutes per character to that backstory, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together. And that kinda gave birth to this thing we’ve not been pursuing for a while and we’re kinda going public with a little bit. We’re trying to do kind of limited run series into the movie.”
Now, this update is really more about the TV return than the film, but as you can see, the series is intended to prepare audiences for the movie. EW has an extended quote from Hurwitz talking about some of the ideas they've had for each of the characters and you can read up on that right here. In addition, if you're really looking for your Arrested Development fix, you can go to The New Yorker Facebook page, like it, and then watch all 100-minutes of the Arrested Development: A Bluth Family Reunion event right now.
Honestly, a short series of episodes (which looks to end up at Showtime or Netflix) leading up to the film is probably the best idea considering the show has been off the air for five years, and there likely needs to be some kind of gauge of public interest leading up to the film itself to know just how much a studio should spend on the property. Though the movie is still likely a couple years off (with this short new season likely hitting sometime next in the fall of 2012), this is good news for the fanbase of Arrested Development which has only gotten bigger since the series' demise. Sound good?