‘Arrested Development’ Movie Will Happen

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

arrested development Arrested Development Movie Will Happen

It seems that the Arrested Development movie project has become the monster that just won’t go away. Despite previous rumors that the project was deader than a doornail, the film adaptation is proving more difficult to kill than Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees combined.

GQ recently caught up with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and actor Will Arnett (who will star in Hurwitz’s new comedy show, Running Wilde this fall) when the pair revealed that a big screen adventure with the Bluths is still happening.

Hurwitz also mentioned that he and Arrested Development co-executive producer Jim Vallely had begun working on a screenplay for the adaptation and that it was “our absolute next priority” once the pair had Running Wilde up and going (no pun intended).

The biggest obstacles to the movie at this point? Getting all the cast members – the likes of which includes Jason Bateman (Paul), Michel Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and comedian David Cross (Kung Fu Panda 2) among others – back together and coordinating their work schedules so that Hurwitz and Vallely can figure out a production timeline that works.

Arrested Development went off the air in 2006 and a movie has been rumored to be in the works pretty much since. Hurwitz acknowledged as much during his GQ interview and mentioned that more recent news events would have a bearing on the screenplay in its current form. More specifically:

“We’re changing some of the Bush references to Obama because we started it awhile ago. And the Bluths may not be vacationing in the Gulf of Mexico anymore. We also might have to recast the part of Uncle Mel, the former action movie star. But other than that we have a clear path.”

Are fans of Arrested Development still clamoring for a movie then? Judging from my personal experience with the show’s most dedicated, I’d say the answer is a definite yes. Besides, if Sex and City followers were willing to wait four years for their beloved gals to make it to the big screen in fashion, I think those that adore the ever-dysfunctional Bluths can wait a bit longer.

We’ll keep you posted once additional information concerning the Arrested Development movie comes our way.

Source: GQ (via Moviefone)

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  1. Hopefully, it will be sooner than later! I loved this show and think that this is one of the MANY shows that was STUPIDLY canceled!!

    It was on Fox, right? I’ve only watched season discs.

  2. Yes it was on Fox. It makes me sad when Fox cancels show before they’ve hit their prime.

    • It actually pi**es me off! I hate watching shows then they get canceled!

      Drive, FlashForward, Traveler, Surface, etc. etc. etc. Lol

      • Worse than even how they treated AD was Firefly. That was downright criminal. Also way back when the network started they canceled The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. after only one season – creator Carlton Cuse of course went on later to be showrunner/head writer of Lost. Fox execs are interested in short term profit/results only. Sometimes it takes awhile for a good show to catch on but a good show is a good show. If they had stuck with these shows, who knows how much money they could have made.

        • To be fair, they gave Arrested Development a good run. It’s just that nobody watched it.

  3. Yes! Show was awesome. I can’t wait til they get all the details worked out and start filming!

  4. There is a god, and this announcement proves it.

    By the way Sin, Flashforward was ABC, not FOX, although they do have a history of canceling shows before they too hit their prime, anyone here remember Pushing Daisies?

    Oh and Surface and Traveler were NBC.

    • Yeah I know that.
      I was just giving examples of shows lol

  5. It actually wasn’t “canceled”. Hurwitz felt that the story was finished and ended it. He was offered tons of money from HBO and Showtime to make more episodes but he said he didn’t want to senselessly make more money off the show for no reason with no story. *cough* SCRUBS *cough* I’m happy he’s making the movie though.

    • That’s not entirely accurate.

      Hurwitz, and all of the other writers wanted at least one more season (as they vocally said within the show) to tie up loose ends, but it didn’t work out. The result was the incredibly rushed final episodes that artlessly ended the story. The show still had plenty more story left. No one wanted to give it a chance, though. After it was made clear that the situation was hopeless, Hurwitz expressed his lack of interest in carrying on in a weekly-episode format. You’re right that it couldn’t have gone on for much longer than another season, but it definitely had that much left in it, and everyone wanted it.

      Anyways, I’m very excited about this movie. Comedy doesn’t really get better than Arrested Development.

    • That’s not true Seth, they wanted one more season and they were desperately trying to get HBO or Showtime to buy them. Remember all of the inside jokes they had in the final episodes when it was official that they wern’t getting picked up? “Damn it! HBO said no to us!, what more can you expect from the Home Builder’s Organization” or something like that.

      • “Well I guess it’s Showtime…We’re going to have to put on a show.”

        “We were really hoping to keep the house for one more season.”

  6. Can’t wait for this!

  7. They cancel “Arrested Development”, a show that should never been canceled in the first place, now I’m supposed to hang around for the film that will happen when the all the stars are in alignment!
    Whatf,ever, my buzz is gone over this show.

  8. when are they going to make SOAP the movie LOL I just showed my age didn’t I

  9. Sweet, can’t wait for the movie.

  10. i really hope they do this movie at last, i watched the dvds ike 2 years ago and have been waitin on it ever since. I get that they have schedules and whatever but surely with the fan base for this show it is going to haul people in off the streets.

  11. It feels like they’re toying with us with this back and forth thing, but I forgive them. I think the worst thing they can come up with will be better than the best most movies can offer.