Ever since Arrested Development came off the air in 2006, there has been talk of a movie happening. Over the weekend, at the New Yorker festival, Mitchell Hurwitz suggested that this will more than likely be happening. Not only will there be a movie but Hurwitz also hopes to bring the series back to TV for a 10 episode run to set up the movie.
According to the New York Times, “On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Hurwitz tossed a few more crumbs to the “Arrested Development” faithful at a New Yorker Festival event that reunited him with the show’s ensemble cast, telling the audience that a movie was still in the works, along with a new set of television episodes that would serve as a prelude to the film. Asked by the event’s moderator, Nancy Franklin, for an update on the movie, Mr. Hurwitz said, “We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer.” Mr. Hurwitz went on to say that he and Ron Howard, the director and producer who was the “Arrested Development” narrator, “had been talking about this for ages and trying to get this going.”
After the event, Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) took to twitter to confirm that this is indeed happening. “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
He’s co-star, and very good friend Will Arnett (@arnettwill) tweeted, “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie”
Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) also took to twitter to respond to followers’ questions. Asked by @CollegeChef1 if he will continue narrating the show, Ron Howard responded, “I won’t let em get somebody else!”
It is reported that each episode will focus on a different character. One of the hitches at the moment is that there is no confirmation yet of where these episodes will be shown. The original series was shown on Fox, however Fox is yet to comment on whether season 4 will be broadcast on the network.
Come on already, let’s get this happening! I’m so excited!
Below is the Bluth family reuniting and coming together to do thethe chicken dance at the New Yorker festival