‘Arrested Development’ Is Back!

The zany antics of 'Arrested Development' are coming back! Oddly enough, I hope Anne comes back too. Photo: FOX

The only tv shows that I like are the ones that end up cancelled, so it wasn’t surprising that Arrested Development was canned after a couple of seasons.  I was surprised it lasted that long, really.  But………….it’s coming back!  Not, like forever, but for a little while as it leads up to the MOVIE!  According to MTV,

Speaking on Sunday at theNew Yorker Festival, [series co-creator and executive producer Mitchell] Hurwitz broke the news, with“Development” actor Jason Bateman confirming it a few hours later on his Twitter feed. “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!”

Why not choose one or the other?  To a certain degree, I don’t really care, because I’m thrilled to get more Development, but it is a valid question.  Hurwitz told MTV that Ron Howard had been trying to work out the movie for quite some time, but business kept getting in the way.

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.

Hurwitz goes on to reveal that

the plan is to do a limited run (nine or 10 episodes) of the series on TV and then segue into the movie in order to get the hype machine cranked up again, with each episode focusing on one character’s backstory to bring us back to the present.

The rumor that Michael Cera was the holdout among the cast was also put to rest.

The show’s creator explained that the rumor that Cera was stonewalling the project was an inside joke gone wrong.

“I kind of was perpetuating a little thing, like, wouldn’t it be funny if Michael Cera was the holdout,” he said. “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.”

2013 is a looong way away, but it’s better to have the new epis and film than not.  I can’t wait to see my favorite tv family on the big and little screens!

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