BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Mitch Hurwitz says plans for an Arrested Development movie are moving forward, and he’d love for it to be followed by a new season of original episodes on Netflix. Déjà vu, right?
Will the Arrested Development movie ever happen? That's been the question before and after the fourth season of the beloved Fox comedy landed on Netflix. From what series creator Mitch Hurwitz says, it's looking like the answer is yes. Or hopefully, anyway. While Hurwitz notes that he doesn't own the property outright and seems reluctant to confirm with all certainty that the movie is a go, he did say that he's working on it now and he sounds optimistic that the film could happen.
Neil Lieberman and Jeff Smith spent the limbo inbetween Arrested Development projects making a documentary about the show’s then-uncertain future. Now they need money to help with some of the licensing costs, so they are doing what most financially-strapped filmmakers do in today’s gimme environment: Going to Kickstarter.
With an entire new season of Arrested Development premiering on Netflix in just a few months, you'd think that the Bluth faithful would be satisfied with that. But noooooo, we keep having to ask for the movie that creator Mitch Hurwitz has been talking about for years, and which could theoretically follow up whatever we learn about the family in the new season. Is the Arrested Development still possible? Sure. Should you keep harping on it? Eh, probably not.
After almost a full decade of waiting, we're finally going to get more Arrested Development this year. For a long time we only had rumors of a possible movie - which were fueled by the final scene of the series where it's suggested by Ron Howard - but this Spring a whole new season of the show will be premiering on Netflix, with at least 10 episodes ready to launch.
Arrested Development fans are well aware of The Magic Castle. It was the venue that older brother GOB (played by Will Arnett) worked to perform at after he was banned from the magician's alliance. But the theater wasn't just an invention of show creator Mitch Hurwitz. The Magic Castle is actually a real place in Los Angeles and a very hot ticket.
In the official announcement that Netflix would air the new Arrested Development movie, they made no mention of movie rights, and Netflix has yet to venture into feature film production. And since the Netflix deal came through, neither Hurwitz or Ron Howard or anyone else associated with the production has talked about the nitty gritty of production
Sometimes fans or even the filmmakers themselves will try to keep hope alive and drop hints about how the movies might happen, but at a certain point you just have to stop kidding yourselves. We've found 11 movies that were anticipating at one point for whatever reason, but with all the evidence in front of us, we have to conclude will never happen
OK, so there are a lot of other side characters from the show's run who really need to make a come back, from Bob Loblaw to Gene Parmesan to Lucille 2. But since I talked to Kitty herself, Judy Greer, today about her new movie The Descendants, it seemed worth checking to see if Kitty would make a return. As it turns out, even Greer doesn't quite know
So basically, the TV show is going to be the boring prequel part when you see everyone get to where they're supposed to be, and the movie is going to be when the Bluths are finally together again and making each others' lives miserable. The problem being, of course, that the Bluths are really only themselves when sitting in Lucille's living room or sprawling around the kitchen of the model home
I admit I have a lot more faith in 9 more Arrested Development episodes than I do in a full-length movie in that show's insane fast-paced format. But the ambitious plan reminds me a whole lot of The Dark Tower, another enormous project produced by Ron Howard, intended for both television and movies, and eventually killed by its financiers
When you consider the fact that an Arrested Development movie is still a rumor by itself at this stage, it seems kind of silly to be talking about the potential plot. Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the original television series, has been working on a screenplay for the movie version since the show was cancelled in 2006 and every so often one of the actors chimes in to say that the movie will happen someday.
Tambor was promoting his latest film Lucky when he was asked him the inevitable Arrested question. This time, though, Tambor had a positive response, stating that it’s all going straight, everyone's on board, I know they're writing, and maybe next time this year we'll be having this conversation.
Yeah, we know. You’re tired of hearing about the Arrested Development movie because it’s been talked about for so long that there’s virtually no way that it could actually happen
Serious question time: are there any fans out there who actually expect to see an Arrested Development movie get made? As time goes on and we hear more and more about the project's slow maturation