Breaking: The ‘Arrested Development’ Movie Is a Go!
Remember that ‘Arrested Development’ movie that keeps not happening? Well, subtract the “not” from that statement, because the movie is on!
Apparently somebody at Fox finally realized they’d made a terrible mistake, because I have some excellent news for you all this lovely Monday morning: The Arrested Development movie that’s been sitting in production limbo since the show’s cancellation in 2006 is really, really happening! Even better, 10 new episodes of the show itself will be produced in preparation for the movie! Bluth fans everywhere, rejoice!
The entire cast of the ill-fated Fox show (because let’s face it, every show that airs on Fox is ill-fated, no matter how good it is), along with its creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, assembled during an event at the New Yorker Festival yesterday and revealed the news. Though there are still a lot of business-y hoops to jump through before production will be able to begin, Hurwitz and executive producer and narrator Ron Howard are doing their damndest to make sure it happens. The upshot is that Hurwitz is hard at work writing the screenplay and plotting out the limited-run television series that will precede it.
So what will this new chapter in the Bluths’ lives focus on? According to Hurwitz, “where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story.” This is one of the discoveries that prompted the idea of doing a limited-run series beforehand. Hurwitz found that “even if [he] just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.” How to fix the problem? By giving each character an episode of their own to catch us up on what they’ve been up to over the five years since the show’s cancellation. Clever!
Note, too, that the long-running rumors that the film’s delay has been due to Michael Cera’s unavailability are false. Hurwitz started the rumors himself as an inside joke without knowing how much they would get blown out of proportion: “I kind of was perpetuating a little thing, like, wouldn’t it be funny if Michael Cera was the holdout. Let’s put that out there. And Michael had that Andy Kaufman thing. And then it really turned ugly, quickly. So I really just have to say, for those of you that have been following this saga, Michael’s always been great.”
To which Michael Cera responded, “Actually, I do have a thing.” Badum-CHING!
And just in case anyone was left with any lingering doubts, Jason Bateman Tweeted the following late Sunday night:
Mark your calendars!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.