Arrested Development Movie Dead…Again

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arrested development movie Arrested Development Movie Dead...Again

For years now, fans of Arrested Development (another acclaimed tragedy of the Fox programming slaughterhouse) have been hoping to see the Bluth family make a comeback on the big screen.

Just sticking to 2010, we’ve heard word of the Arrested Development movie possibly starting to shoot…and then that the film had (yet again) been delayed. Now comedian David Cross – who played Bluth family in-law Tobias F√ľnke – is ending speculation and calling the film dead in the water (see what I did there?).

Cross spoke to TV Squad recently, and had this to say about the Arrested Development movie:

“(I)t’s not going to happen…Way too much time it’s been (since the show ended)…I mean, there’s so many people involved. Everyone’s doing their own thing, you know. And everybody’s aged. It’s just not going to happen. I’m sure I speak for everybody when I say we’d love for it to happen, we’d love to work on it, but just I don’t think… not going to happen.”

Now I was a big fan of Arrested Development when it first aired, then disappeared, then reappeared, then disappeared, then briefly reappeared on Fox. The show was one of the best serialized comedies I’ve ever seen, and (in my opinion) gave birth to great serialized comedic shows of today, such as FX’s Archer – which actually employs the voices of Bluth family heads Jessica Walter and Jeffery Tambor (to great comedic advantage). Suffice to say, Arrested Development made a significant impact on the TV comedy landscape.

arrested development Arrested Development Movie Dead...Again

However, that impact has left us in a Catch 22: On the one hand, we so want to relive more twisted Bluth family adventures in feature-length form. On the the other hand, Arrested Development was SO impactful that many members of the show’s cast – Jason Bateman (The Switch), Portia de Rossi (Better Off Ted), Will Arnett (Jonah Hex), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) – are more famous than ever for their continued work on both the big and small screens. As Cross implies, it’d be a very tall order to pull all of the cast together again for an Arrested Development movie. These people really do have things to do.

Sadly, despite our fondest wishes, the ship may have sailed on our time with the Bluth family (Btw, that’s a reference to both the header image and the pilot and series finale episodes of Arrested Development – Not bad, eh?). Syndicated episodes and DVD collections may very well be all we have to keep the Bluth memory alive.

It’s with a heavy heart then, that I say anything is possible, but don’t hold your breath for the Arrested Development movie to ever happen.

Source: TV Squad via Cinema Blend

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  1. It’s sad, but it makes sense… I’ll just enjoy the episodes we have! Over… and over… and over again!

  2. It's sad, but it makes sense. I guess I'll just continue to rewatch the show over and over again and enjoy the episodes we have!

  3. Hands down, one of the best shows on television in the last 20 years. This is certainly sad news, but I think it may be for the best as well. I think this would have been built up by the fans and that would have made it difficult to live up to the hype given the wait we've had. I've still got my DVD's to console me.

    On a side note, has there been any word on the fate of Better Off Ted? I really like that show (Portia plays her role exceptionally well) and hope it can survive for an actual full season.

  4. This is very very sad, but not incredibly surprising, news. The last few episodes of the series are great but unsatisfying, I was really looking forward to having the movie to add more to the Bluth legacy that was cut off too abruptly.

  5. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo! I know I should'nt be surprised, but this piece of news is still sad.

  6. The great shows always leave us early.

  7. I agree, the DVD's are all I need!

  8. Now why do you have to go and write something like that? I'm going to continue to have hope. Nothing this brilliant can die without a last spurt of light. I mean… it's not like there's a precedent with other great shows that ended and didn't get a movie – – you know like “Freaks and Geeks…” Oh. Wait a minute…

  9. Reminds me of the episodes in which the Bluth housing development plan went belly-up.

  10. Old David Cross quote is old. Why is an entire article being released off of this dated quote? Internet disinformation I cry!