Perhaps the biggest news to erupt over the weekend is that the long-promised, but much-doubted, Arrested Development movie is really, truly in the works, to be preceded by a limited return to television by the original cast.
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz dropped the bombshell Sunday at a New Yorker Festival event that reunited the ensemble cast. It still doesn’t sound like a done deal — “We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer,” he told the moderator — but it’s certainly looking close.
“We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing,” The New York Times quotes Hurwitz as saying. “Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together. […] We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie. We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”
The news was later confirmed by two of the stars of the acclaimed sitcom, which aired from 2003 to 2006 on Fox.
“I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment … and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie,” Will Arnett wrote on Twitter. Bateman added: “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!”
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox TV, which co-produced Arrested Development with Imagine TV, has been in talks with Netflix and Showtime about airing the resurrected series.
And so we’ll leave you with video from Sunday’s event of the cast members performing their respective chicken dances from the series.