'Arrested Development' movie: Jason Bateman admits 'It's frustrating'

There has been talk of an Arrested Development movie since the show’s abrupt end in 2006. With the film’s development, well, arrested nearly twice as long as the actual run of the show itself, are you gnashing at the teeth and shivering in your denim cut-offs, beloved never nudes? Well we have some cautiously optimistic news for you: Jason Bateman, in a U.K. presser for The Change-Up (the film is released overseas tomorrow), admitted with a heavy sigh, “It’s frustrating for me that I can’t give fans of the show a more concrete answer because I am as much of a fan of the show as they are. I get it.” That said, he confirmed that negotiations for the film were still on course and made an admittedly unofficial guess that shooting would begin “in the middle of next year.” See the full video after the jump.

So, Development devotees, are you willing to believe Bateman? Or has five years of teasing forced you to close your heart so tight that even the most skilled analrapist couldn’t teach you to love again? It’s been suggested that, like the “Next time on Arrested Development” previews at the end of each episode, all this movie talk is the gang’s last — and greatest — gag. Do you agree? Or is a world that cruel simply too much for you to fathom?

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  • ICK

    Love the show but I don’t think a film would do it justice at all.
    Let it be.

  • Via

    I’ve learned it’s a lot less frustrating if you just let go of the expectation that your beloved, critical darling, but commercial disappointment of a TV show MUST be made into a movie. I loved A.D…I also loved Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars and countless other shows that the interwebs refuse to let die. For every “Serenity” there’s 30 other TV shows that will never get the movie the fans feel the series deserved. Didn’t your pre-school teacher tell you that if you love something you have to let it go? Let’s do that. Please.

  • Aaron

    At this point, it’s got a lot of hype to live up to. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be in line opening weekend, just not sure about what the end result will be.

  • Jon

    OH. MY. GOD! Can we please just stop with all of the Arrested Development movie stories until there is ACTUALLY A MOVIE! This is such non news. Every article says the same things.

    • Karate Pants

      So true. Wake me when the trailer comes out and the release date is announced.

    • Stef

      Agreed! Just stop with he non-news ! Stop asking Jason Bateman every five seconds and if it happens, it will be a pleasant surprise.

  • Amy

    I will believe it when I am line (opening night of course).

  • Me

    How about they just bring the tv show back. Problem solved. Everyones lives are happy again!

  • Jeff

    Not sure how well this show would translate into a film. It was heavy on running gags and continuity. Would they have to dumb it down?

    Maybe the best route to go would be having a bunch of specials air on HBO or Showrime.

    • tracy bluth

      “The HBO’s not going to want us.”
      “Well then, it’s Showtime!”

  • Sherrip

    Um, I can’t believe you used the term “analrapist” I’m severely disappointed in you EW.

    • Ana

      It’s a joke from the tv show. It’s job combining the skills of an analyst and and therapist.

    • Abe Froman

      You’re obviously not a fan of the show.

    • tracy bluth

      It’s not the pronunciation that bothers me.

      • baby buster


  • Abe Froman

    From the beginning I’ve said let it be. The show ended so perfectly, a movie will only tarnish it.

  • RK

    Stop filming crappy movies and you’ll have plenty of time. Will Arnett should be free soon, too.

  • Idviceroy

    While I enjoyed this show immensely when it originally aired, and I have been enjoying the series on, ummmm, Netflix…. I don’t think it would translate well into a movie. I’d rather see a cable channel revive the series, if indeed we are to see the Bluthe family together again.

  • elena

    Bateman, Bateman, Bateman…I love you but you don’t have to comment on AD all the time. It just kinda feels like poking an old wound. As much as I would enjoy an AD movie, the glorious three seasons were enough. Just be real, there’s never gonna be a movie.

  • No!

    To hades with AD, I want a Gilmore Girls movie!

  • Matthew Sychantha

    …..Actually, I’m going to hire Gene Parmesan to find out when the movie is…..

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