There is some rather exciting news circulating the internet for Arrested Development fans everywhere! Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed to Rolling Stone that an Arrested Development movie is indeed in the works.
I’m working on the movie right now,” Hurwitz said. “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.” ~ Rolling Stone
For those of you that do not know, Arrested Development follows the story of Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman. Michael, the most level headed of this dysfunctional, and sometimes borderline crazy, family is forced to take over the family’s affairs after his father George, played by Jeffrey Tambor, is imprisoned for his “creative accounting” skills.
After being off the air for seven years, the critically acclaimed show made it’s reemergence in May. Season 4 of Arrested Development is a 15 episode season which can only be seen on Netflix.
One of the biggest complications that Hurwitz has experienced in the entire process is the filming schedule. With so many popular actors thrown in the mix, it is difficult to work around everyone’s already busy schedule.
A TV season is a six-month commitment,” he says. “But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie.” Hurwitz told Rolling Stone.
Now don’t get your hopes too high just yet. An Arrested Development movie has yet to be actually green lit by a studio as of yet; however, Hurwitz remains optimistic.
I’m hoping it happens as soon as possible,” he says. “But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.” ~ Rolling Stone
While any definitive plans on the matter are still up in the air, Rolling Stone is reporting that Hurwitz’s ultimate goal is to make the Arrested Development movie, and then follow the movie with another season of the show.
It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.” ~ Rolling Stone
From where I am sitting, if Arrested Development has done anything, it has stayed original. Like the old saying goes; If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If the show, and hopefully now a motion picture, does what it has always done, and create genuinely funny, quality programming, then they will have no issue moving towards Hurwitz’s ultimate goal.