The upcoming 'Arrested Development' movie and episodes: Best news ever or best news EVER?


Image Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker

Hey, PopWatchers! By now you’ve probably heard the amazing news that came out of yesterday’s Arrested Development panel at the New Yorker Festival. But, in case you didn’t hear (perhaps someone blew an air horn in your ear, in which case, you should probably lie down), Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that not only was he halfway through the script of the long in-the-works movie, which he hopes to begin shooting next summer, but in even more exciting news, he said he plans to shoot a limited-run nine to 10 new episodes of the series that would air next fall. (Jason Bateman summed up the time line a little differently, tweeting, “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!”)

With both Netflix and Showtime currently in talks to pick up the show and make this happen and Hurwitz promising that the limited-run series will catch fans up on everything that’s been going on with the Bluth clan since Arrested Development ended five years ago (in short, “They f— everything up”), could this be even more exciting than the prospect of a movie? After all, the wait for the flick has been, as Bateman put it last month, “frustrating,” so this could alleviate all of the anticipation and high expectations being placed solely on the movie. Plus, it’s just more Arrested Development! Time to do an excited chicken dance!

Then again, some fans might argue that a short-run series and movie don’t really need to happen in the first place. The lone three seasons of the cult comedy were near-perfect as is; why try and change that? Has the cast made a huge mistake? I’m personally one of the Arrested fans (there are literally dozens of us) who is eagerly looking forward to both the short-run series (especially Hurwitz’s idea to have “almost one character per episode, where, like, the first episode will just be Buster”) and the movie. My love and appreciation for the supremely bizarre series has only grown over the past few years (season 2 ages like a fine wine) and I have faith that both Hurwitz and the cast know how much this means to fans. They can’t possibly let us down, right? Right?! Let’s break out the juice and celebrate. This is going to be off the hook!

In the meantime, while we wait, check out more photos below of the Arrested Development cast at the New Yorker festival. (Above, right.) It seems everyone was there, except actress Mae Whitman, a.k.a. Bland Ann. Or maybe she was and nobody noticed.

How do you feel about the Arrested Development news, PopWatchers? Is it the best news ever or the best news EVER? Or is that like comparing apples and some fruit nobody’s ever heard of? Share in the comments section below! And, as if you weren’t pumped enough, blue yourself over this footage below of the cast doing the chicken dance.

Read more:
‘Arrested Development’ movie, limited TV series in the works, says Mitchell Hurwitz
Netflix, Showtime looking at new ‘Arrested Development’ limited series
Jason Bateman talks ‘Arrested Development’ movie

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  • fbdbpw

    Looking fwd to it, but im still not sure any1 will watch this time around. The series always had low ratings…

    • Big James

      Who cares? This is for the true fans anyway.

      • Chelsea

        Aww, EW! Why was my Franklin the puppet comment deleted? RACISM! Poor Franklin.

      • Chelsea

        Hmmm, strange. It just magically reappeared. Gob and his illusions…

    • pie thrower

      The show has been off the air forever and nobody watched it. It’s hardly up there in DVD sales. Who really thinks (besides EW), that this is worthy of a follow up???

      • Tom Strong

        You are an idiot.

      • Matt

        Ummm….anyone who watched the show and rightfully acknowledges it as the greatest sitcom of all time.

      • JaxDad

        Everyone who’s ever watched the show.

      • Abe Froman

        And where did you get your DVD sales stats? It’s one of the most popular titles ever.

      • Zach

        Anybody who has ever watched the show. Your a dumbass

      • Kapu

        why are you here?
        shut up

    • Emily

      I didn’t discover the show until it had been off the air for years and I still love it. I know a lot of people who came to the show after its cancellation and are huge fans.

  • Heeljim

    You left out the most obvious option for an answer: BEST NEWS EVERRRRRRRRRR!

  • SMH

    It’s kind of amazing how as he ages, Michael Cera gets more and more creepy-looking. I think he is evolving into some sort of scary bird-human hybrid. I’ve grown tired of hearing about the movie and waiting for it, so while part of me is kind of excited, most of me is just kind of indifferent to the news.

    • Flip

      Thank you!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks he looks like a bird.

      • Polly

        Here he looks like Taylor Swift.

  • Katarzyna

    Never watched this series. Straight to DVD.

    • GOB

      I do not think “Straight to DVD” means what you think it means.

      • Emily


  • Mindy

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Still, I would definitely watch any and all things “Arrested Development”. So what if it’s not as good as the 3 seasons of the show? There is always the 3 seasons of the show to go watch. Season 2 has extremely high re-watch value.

  • wxk

    I think I just blue myself.

    • Marcy Runkle

      There has to be a better way to say that.

      • Chris

        Away. You forgot to say ‘away’.

  • J. Davis

    Great news. Hoping to see more Segway scenes and magic tricks.♠

    • liz

      illusions, j. davis…illusions

      • goober

        Liz, you’re awesome

  • Chris

    Very, very excited. Watched every episode when it aired. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a huge tiny mistake.

  • NMO

    I feel like Hurwitz has been “halfway through” the Arrested Development script for about three years.

  • Trace

    As a super fan of Arrested Development, I have to be excited for this, but we all know its going to be a terrible let down, right? There’s just no way it can recapture the glory of its former self. Especially with 5 years of hype behind it.

    • Flip

      Only if you go into it with a negative attitude.

  • Hilaryy

    BEST NEWS EVER! We should all have a frozen banana in celebration!

  • Flip

    I am excited for this, but I’m a little too cynical. Once I hear the show/movie is actually IN production, then I’ll get excited. A mini-series leading into a movie is a great idea, though.

  • Abe Froman

    LOVE this show, but please leave well enough alone. It ended so perfectly, anything else will only taint it.

    • Marcy Runkle


  • Gary

    Get Bob Loblaw on the phone!

  • JLC

    Cautiously optimistic. I think it’s funny that this project only gained momentum after Michael Cera’s career cooled off. Had Scott Pilgrim been a hit, I doubt they would have been able to afford him.

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