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There's always money in the banana stand: Arrested Development coming back!

#1 Scorch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   37483 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:40 PM

This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. AD is coming back for a ten episode season, followed by a full length movie.


Captain Ahab had Moby-Dick; Linus van Pelt had the Great Pumpkin; and, in the five years since “Arrested Development” has gone off the air, fans of that underdog Fox comedy series have spent their lives pining for a film adaptation that would further the adventures of its deeply dysfunctional Bluth clan.

Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of “Arrested Development,” and cast members including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Michael Cera have also done their part to keep hopes of a movie alive, mentioning the project in numerous interviews, often along with apologies for why it still wasn’t happening yet.

On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Hurwitz tossed a few more crumbs to the “Arrested Development” faithful at a New Yorker Festival event that reunited him with the show’s ensemble cast, telling the audience that a movie was still in the works, along with a new set of television episodes that would serve as a prelude to the film.

Asked by the event’s moderator, Nancy Franklin, for an update on the movie, Mr. Hurwitz said, “We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer,” which was understandably greeted by some laughter.

Mr. Hurwitz went on to say that he and Ron Howard, the director and producer who was the “Arrested Development” narrator, “had been talking about this for ages and trying to get this going.”

Mr. Hurwitz continued: “We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. 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.”

So, Mr. Hurwitz said, “We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie.” After a wave of excited applause died down, he continued, “We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”

The first episode, he said, could focus on Buster Bluth, the deeply neurotic brother played by Tony Hale. “The latest joke we have,” Mr. Hurwitz said, “is that it’s Cambridge, Mass., and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody. Buster comes through the door in a white lab coat – ‘Let’s begin’ – and they say, ‘Oh, no, you don’t get to wear the lab coat. We’re experimenting on you.’ ”

Assuming Mr. Hurwitz and his “Arrested Development” confederates are not performing their own experiment on their fan base, he said he was about halfway through a screenplay with his co-writers Jim Vallely and Dean Lorey, but did not specify a studio for either the movie or television components, or a network that might broadcast the new episodes. The project, he said, “requires studios to work together that don’t typically work together, film and TV.”

Mr. Bateman, who played Michael Bluth, the lone, sane member of the family, said: “There’s business left to be done, but creatively we are all on board and have a very specific plan about how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. I think we’re targeting next summer to shoot it.”

Mr. Hurwitz added, “Perhaps the series is in the fall. This isn’t my decision.”

By way of apology, Mr. Hurwitz also said that while he and the “Arrested Development” team had intimated in the past that the movie wasn’t coming together because Mr. Cera – who has since been propelled into leading roles in films like “Superbad” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” – was standing in the way, this had all been 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. 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.”

Just when it seemed everyone had made amends and cleared their schedules, Mr. Cera piped in: “Actually, I do have a thing.”

Later on Sunday, Mr. Bateman posted the following message on his Twitter account:

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!


NEW YORK - (AP) -- The Bluth family's frozen banana stand may be back in business.

At an "Arrested Development" reunion Sunday at the New York Festival, the creators and cast announced plans for another season of the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV show, which went off the air in 2006 after just three seasons. They also discussed more concrete plans for a much-awaited movie.

Creator Mitchell Hurwitz said he wanted to do the movie originally but decided to tell where the nine main characters have been for the last five years. The Fox show starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi.

Shooting for the TV show is tentatively set to begin next summer.

The movie doesn't have a release date, Hurwitz said, adding that the creative aspects have been largely worked out, but the business side is still being negotiated.

"We're all game," he said. "We've hated being coy, but we've been trying to put together this ambitious idea."

The show featured a dysfunctional family who ran a collapsing real estate development company and frozen banana stand. Despite its rabid fan base, ratings were low, and it wasn't a commercial success.

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#2 The Crotch   There are ten sticks of dynamite waiting for you. CAGiversary!   14853 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:43 PM


Holy tittyfucks.


For reals?

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#3 mitch079   Fun hurts my lungs. CAGiversary!   12033 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:50 PM

Oh hellllllllllllllllllllllls yeah



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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:18 AM

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#5 bardockkun   Porn, Kitsch And Firearms CAGiversary!   10728 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  


Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:35 AM

..I'll believe it when I see it. I Mean, I want to believe it, but I've been teased and let down so much now.
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#6 Scorch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   37483 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:45 AM

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#7 tcrash247   ghosts.nin.com CAGiversary!   3625 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:16 AM

I just got into this show a few months ago and absolutely loved it. I feel bad for you guys that watched this when it was on tv and had to wait all this time. I didn't have to wait too long.

#8 AFRO insomniac   Old School Validating   4737 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:16 AM

Are you serious?

This would be fantastic.


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#9 jousley   10yr Member of CAG! CAGiversary!   1606 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:25 AM

Good GOD, PLEASE let this happen! I miss the Bluths.

#10 kodave   Huh. CAGiversary!   4388 Posts   Joined 7.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:31 AM

Time to go change my pants.

#11 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12383 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:39 AM

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:50 AM

I just blue myself.

#13 The Keyboard Wizard   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   67 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:57 AM

I just blue myself.

I see what you did there.

#14 WeaponX2099   I'm Frankie Sinatra CAGiversary!   5231 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  


Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:17 AM

I see what you did there.

Yeah, he blue himself.

#15 berzirk   I'm not so serious CAGiversary!   2483 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:18 PM

See my sig (which I didn't change after seeing this thread). I hope this isn't a bastardized version that seems more like a made for TV special. As long as most of the cast in entact, it should be great.

#16 Bezerker   Bezerker Barrage! CAGiversary!   6809 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

I know this is an old thread but it seemed better to recycle than create a new one. Only a few months away from the new series and there is a new kickstarter for a documentary done by two superfans thats at 70% of its goal: