There has been lots of news regarding Arrested Development‘s long-rumored movie continuation of the much-adorned series. While creator Mitch Hurwitz has definitely been working towards making it a reality, it all kind of seemed like wishful thinking. It can be pretty hard to reunite a cast that large, especially when a lot of them are working on other projects now, and fans clamoring for more of their favorite cancelled series doesn’t always equate to a studio bringing it back. However, there have been exceptions to that rule as both Family Guy and Futurama made comebacks as well as Firefly, which came back in the form of a movie continuation, Serenity.
I was watching a movie late last night and, for whatever reason, checked my twitter feed really quickly only to find a few tweets about Arrested Development making its comeback to TV. I had to pause the movie and process the information before calling my brother, who retweeted said information, and ask if it was really true. I decided to wait until morning to see if the entertainment news outlets were all carrying the story of the hilarious series’ return. Sure enough, it’s being reported by a variety of the sites I visit, so here’s the details on what we know as of right now.
The cast and crew reunited at a panel at The New Yorker Festival and told everyone there that a 9-10 episode season could lead-in to the long rumored film. All cast members would return and, if the plan goes through, we could be seeing the new episodes by 2013, which happens to coincide with the show’s 10th anniversary. Each episode would focus on a different character, which may be due to more of a scheduling ease than it is story-wise, and would bridge the series ending to the new movie. 20th Century Fox has been talking to possible financial backers for this new plan and have approached Showtime and Netflix. I’m sure Netflix is hungry for something like this as they have been looking for original programming to showcase through their streaming service and what better way to start out than with an established, well-revered brand! Furthermore, Jason Bateman confirmed these plans to the world of Twitter, with this tweet:
EW spoke with creator Mitch Hurwitz and this is what he had to say about the revival of the series:
“We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes with almost one character per episode, where like the first episode will just be Buster. We’re kinda picturing it like, um, well the latest joke we have is that, you know, it’s Cambridge, Massachusetts and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody and Buster comes through the door wearing a lab quote and says `let’s begin,’ and they say, `you don’t get to wear the lab coat, we’re experimenting on you. [garbled] And then we go through his life and we meet the people in his life and maybe he goes to see his therapist who he’s getting a good rate on because it’s Tobias and he’s lost his license. We can do cross overs and things like that. But it’s an unusual style of show I think and we get him to a certain point of peril in his life and then maybe we jump over to like Maeby and she’s living with Cornel West … We’ll do this kind of thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie. It requires, and Ron [Howard] has been working on this too, it just requires studios to work together, they don’t normally work together in film and TV. It’s a really ambitious project but it’s also a very simple project in a way because it kind of gives the fans a level of detail for `granularity,’ which is a big word on the East Coast.
“I really have to say, we’ve talked about this, we’re all game, we hated to be coy, we’ve been trying to put together this more ambitious idea and I think we’re very close, the script is halfway done and we have to get the film companies on board,” Hurwitz continued. “They’ve always been great to us but you know times are tough and money is tight but I’m very hopeful , there is business left to be done but creatively we have a very specific plan of how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. Our hope is that, perhaps the series is in the fall.”
So there you have it, that is all the information that has been released so far in regards to Arrested Development‘s triumphant return. Now all us fans can do is wait for the official announcement from 20th Century Fox as to when and with whom it will be released. I really hope all this forward momentum with the series’ return results in exactly what is being talked about here. I am very excited about the prospect of any and all further misadventures of my favorite member of the Bluth family, Gob.
For your viewing pleasure, the chicken dance (in all its forms) from the show: