Arrested Development's reunion miniseries and film will shoot this summer, according to Will Arnett.
Arrested Development co-executive producer Dean Lorey announced in January that Arnett,Jason Bateman and Michael Cera will reprise their roles as the Bluth family for a Netflix miniseries that will lead to a full-length movie.
Arnett provided an update on the project while promoting his series Up All Nighton Today on Tuesday (April 10).
"We’re about to start making the Arrested Development miniseries and then right into the movie this summer,” he said.
According to Ron Howard, who just met up with Jason Bateman, the Arrested Development team is “fired up” about making the fourth season and movie happen.
"It sounds a little bit corny, but a lot of the reason the (cast and producers) want to do the movie is that they really feel like they want to respect what the fans are saying. Really, the fans have kept it going, not only in terms of executives realizing there’s a real yearning for more Arrested Development, but also to just keep encouraging the creative team and keep making it pressing. I just had dinner with Jason Bateman in L.A. and the Arrested Development creative team is completely fired up about it and sort of tidying up the business side.”
You hear that, everyone? It was because of you, the loyal fans, that they’re bringing the show back. Good job!
Jason Bateman has revealed that the Arrested Development movie is “on course to be shot next year” and will be filled with celebrity cameos.
He also mentioned that Mitch Hurwitz’s film spinoff will likely surpass the guest appearances from the TV show, which featured Charlize Theron, Ben Stiller and Liza Minnelli in cameo roles.
"From what I understand, the concept of the film will lend itself to quite a few really good cameos. I’m going to bring my autograph book."
Recent rumors have suggested that the movie will see Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, who narrated and produced the show, attempting to make a film based on the Bluth family.
Watch the video above where he discusses the film and quotes his favorite line from David Cross’s character Tobias Fünke.
Actor Jason Bateman has confirmed that the long-awaited Arrested Development film will begin shooting next year. Here’s what the people over at holymoly.com had to say:
In town to promote his new, and actually really funny body-swap movie, The Change-Up, we took a gamble in asking Bateman about Arrested Development because we imagine he’s pretty ruddy sick of talking about it.
Thankfully, he’s a very nice man. And so told us that while he couldn’t say absolutely for certain, he was pretty sure production on the Arrested Development film would begin in “the middle of next year”.
Sorry that’s not a longer quote but we haven’t got the tapes back yet and we wouldn’t want to misquote him. (He also told us that, in America, the classification system makes it easy to tell if a film has boobs in it).
Anticipation about the Arrested Development movie first began after it was hinted at the very end of the final episode of the US sitcom. But despite series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and executive producer Ron Howard beginning pre-production as early as 2008, work on the film has been continually postponed, mainly due to Michael Cera being in all films ever.
David Cross talks ‘Arrested Development’ movie
While Cross (who calls the constant barrage of Arrested chatter “mildly irritating,” but realizes being synonymous with the show is “certainly a good thing to be remembered for”) hasn’t talked to the show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz for over a year, he did confirm one possible story line for the movie: All the characters would play their own fathers. “It’s genius, it’s the perfect way to address it,” Cross said of Hurwitz’s plan to handle the five-year gap since the series went off the air and left a Mrs. Featherbottom-sized gap in the hearts of fans.
Check out the full semi-NSFW work clip above, in which Cross talks about about the movie and more Arrestedmadness (he and Tobias Fünke had to learn the very hard way that the Blue Man Group don’t actually paint themselves to get that sapphire hue).
The Bluths are (hopefully) headed to Hollywood, in more ways than one.
Screen Rant reports on what they’re describing as a rumored plot for the long-anticipated “Arrested Development” movie, though whether it is the official plot remains to be seen (there should be an announcement within the next month to confirm this, the site reports). Though it’s only a rumor right now, it’s certainly a fun one.
According to the report, the movie follows the Bluth clan’s attempts to make their own movie about their lives to compete with one narrator Ron Howard is working on. Based on Maeby’s experience in the film industry, they might actually have a chance of pulling it off.
Jason Bateman - who starred in the fan favorite series as Michael Bluth - told CNN that at this point, everyone’s waiting on the studio to strike a deal with “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz.
"I do know they’re getting closer to making the boss’ deal and when that gets done we’ll be underway," Bateman said. "I hope they give him everything he asks for.”
Back in March, Bateman explained to MTV News that Hurwitz was busily working on a script.
"For the very first time, [Hurwitz] sat me down last week to talk about what he’s got and where he’s going and what do I think," Bateman said at the time. "As a fan of the show, I was vibrating with excitement that he was pulling me behind the curtain."
And while he didn’t spill any plot points back then or last night at his movie’s premiere, Bateman has promised that the script, at least, would please fans.
"It’s everything you would want it to be and more," he said in March. "I really hope [Hurwitz] finishes soon so we have a shot at doing it before the end of the year."