Two months ago, we reported that Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler will soon be reuniting in yet another Mitch Hurwitz’s creation. At the time, however, the report revealed that their reunion won’t be taking place in the much awaited Arrested Development film, which has been rumored ever since the FOX comedy was canceled. Instead, it will be on the new FOX animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, which is based on a live-action Australian series.
Now, Arrested Development fans will be pleased to know that a movie based on the dysfunctional Bluth family is finally on the horizon.
“It’s in the works. The grown-ups are trying to work out the numbers,” Bateman, who plays Michael Bluth, told MSNBC’s Keith Olberman.
“David [Cross who plays Tobias Funke] is very expensive now,” he jokingly added.
Meanwhile, Bateman told the Times of London that the movie version, which is expected to be released in 2009, will have a different feel than the TV series.
“When it was on TV, if you missed one word the whole third act could be blown for you. And TV is a different experience. You come home and you’ve got to finish a call so you miss the first ten minutes or you get snacky and you go to the fridge and you miss another two minutes, so it’s a different experience to film,” Bateman said.
Arrested Development was created by Mitchell Hurwitz (The Golden Girls) with TV veteran Ron Howard as executive producer. Since debuting on November 2, 2003, the series received six Emmy awards and one Golden Globe. It also spawned a cult fan base, and a number of fan-based websites, as well as a spot on Time Magazine‘s 100 Greatest Shows of All Time.
Despite positive reviews from critics, Arrested Development never climbed in the ratings. The network aired the final four episodes of the third season in a block as a two-hour series finale on February 10, 2006, opposite the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Aside from the aforementioned actors, Arrested Development also featured Alia Shawkat as Maeby, Jeffrey Tambor as George Sr., Jessica Walter as Lucille, Michael Cera as George-Michael, Portia de Rossi as Lindsay, and Tony Hale as Buster, just to name a few.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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